Looking for some help!!!
My Astra SRI, Z18XE, 3-door, was hit by a van last year. The van drove into the front, drivers side wing at speed. The resulting, obvious, damage was:
>Severely dented wing
>Broken shark-eye headlight
>Scoured alloys on front
>Ripped-off front bumper
The impact pinned my car between the van and a high kerb.
My insurance company, Admiral, booked my car into Nationwide Accident Repair Centres in Leicester. This was done quickly because the car did not drive well following incident.
Bodywork was all repaired and, cosmetically, the car seems fine. However, no mechanical parts were replaced and since the accident I getting steering wheel shudder when breaking at motorway speeds.
My breaks were blamed initially, so I replaced all discs and pads at my own expense. The problem still persists and following two test drives, Nationwide don't know what it is and say they don't know whether it results from the accident?!?! I don't know how they can even say that when they don't know what it even is?!?!?! Admiral have taken Nationwide's line and I have been left to sort it myself. The car is potentially an accident waiting to happen!!!!!!
Several items have been dismissed following trial and error on my part:
> Unbalanced wheels, been re-done
> Warped discs, been replaced and checked by nationwide and they confirm not warped
> Tracking has been done, even though steering wheel doesn't sit in it's central position when driving straight
> Buckled wheels, should have been glarringly obvious when balancing, plus swapped wheels around to test
> Full geometry check done by nationwide and they say everything is fine
>There is no un-even tyre wear
That's about it I think?!
The only thing I have noticed, but Nationwide disregarded it, is that; when the car is suspended by it's chassis, the front passenger wheel sits down, but is straight vertically. The front drivers wheel, on the other hand, sits down, but the bottom toes in under the car on the vertical plain. Nationwide tell me that this is probably due to the shocks having different length struts?!?!?!
Any help or advice would be appreciated, as at the moment, Admiral and Nationwide are being as helpful as a chocolate tea-pot when you want a brew.
Thankyou in advance for your time!