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So thanks to Minnesota sucking at clearing roads I clipped a curb at 15mph last weekend even with my blizzak tires. Turns out 8" of snow on top of black ice is too much for these tires. I hit broadside hard enough to bend a rim and my alignment is off to the point that my steering wheel is roughly 5 degrees off center while going straight. I got the car jacked up swapped out the bent rim and did a visual inspection to the LCA and tie rods and couldn't find any damage to them. It's going in for a new alignment tomorrow morning.

My issue is the other day on my way to work the check engine started to flash so I pulled over and it stopped 30 seconds later. I used my Cobb AP to reset the KAM and everything was kosher. Then tonight after work I fired up the car to let it warm up for 10 minutes or so, but when I came out it was miss firing really bad and had a Egine Fault Service Now pop up and Hill Asssist issue pop up. I shut the car off and reset the ECU and KAM and everything was back to normal. Car still reaches full boost and runs just fine now. I'm about to jack it back up and check for any boost and exhaust l leaks right now.

Would there be any sensors I should check that would have gotten thrown off due to the minor impact? I sustained no body damage and the impact wasn't serious it just bent the drivers side rim slightly. Anyone else have any issues like this after a slight accident?

I don't really want to take it to ford as my local dealership sucks horribly and they'll say they can't find any issues per the usual. Not to mention it's lightly modified with a symposer delete, short shift, shifter bushings, lowered, catless downpipe, intake, and Cobb AP with a stratified 91 tune... so I could see those assholes denying warranty on it.

Thanks for any and all help!!
 

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First off, it's not Minnesota's fault you took a snowy curve too fast for the conditions and/or your equipment. Take advice from an old guy and learn to take responsibility for your actions. Secondly, if you're worried about your mods go to a local independant mechanic that you trust and one that can handle newer vehicles and their arrays of sensors and computer systems. Good luck to you.
 
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First off, it's not Minnesota's fault you took a snowy curve too fast for the conditions and/or your equipment. Take advice from an old guy and learn to take responsibility for your actions. Secondly, if you're worried about your mods go to a local independant mechanic that you trust and one that can handle newer vehicles and their arrays of sensors and computer systems. Good luck to you.
Yeah if the roads were black iced with 8" of snow on top of them that's hardly conditions that I would even take my ST into...and I would have been CRAWLING through turns. If you hit one over 15mph with snow that high then I'm with RobertJ on this one. As far as the sensors I would wait until after the alignment to see if that helps. I wouldn't be surprised if the car detected alignment or car behavioral issues and threw a light. If the issue persists after alignment read the codes and take action. Until then you'll just have to hope the alignment helps. Our stability control probably doesn't work well when the alignment is F'd that bad.
 

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A 45mph corner at 15mph is clearly not too fast for the conditions. Your input clearly doesn't help with the situation I asked for help on. I've been driving in these conditions for 17+ years and yes it's minnesotas fault for not clearing snow off the roads soon enough during conditions that caused multiple accidents that day. So keep your two cents to yourself because I don't need some curmudgeon trying to throw salt on an open wound.
 

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LOL, try to help the guy fellas ..

I can only think of the ABS/ESC sensors/controllers on the side of impact has been possibly damaged. Hill assist malfunctioning would probably be caused by the failing sensors.
 

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I smacked a caterpillar barrier at 45 in my SE when there was sudden minor flooding on the highway (all the room I had to brake down to before I hit) and it only bent a wheel and the tie rods on that side (all minor, drove the remaining 30 miles home). Seeing as I expected half the side of the car to have been wiped out and a control arm bent, these front ends are pretty tough. My old Mazda3 would have probably needed to be towed away (in spite of all the shared FoMoCo parts). I also suspect you might have damaged the ABS tone ring or sensors. There's not really much else there to cause the issue you're seeing. And don't worry about these backseat drivers.
 

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Well I got the car on an alignment rack and got it back into factory specs, so it's driving straight as an arrow now. No damage to the Control Arms or Tie Rods at all... new rim is on the car with my blizzak as well. I haven't thrown a single code or had an issue at all besides the other day when it was -26 out she sputtered a bit when I fired it up but it went into high idle and warmed itself up just fine.

Was just stumped because the Cobb couldn't pull any codes when the lights were on. I also pulled the ABS sensor and cleaned it really well before putting everything back together. Another thing Minnesota loves is to cake the roads in salt so I figured maybe there was a corrosion issue. And that's why I meticulously wash my car once a week in the winter around here.

Thanks to the previous two responses for any help. But it seems to have solved itself for the time being. Now if you'll excuse me I'm gonna go back to excessively driving my ST during winter conditions. ( That's sarcasm for the people that cannot pick up on it )
 

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Well I got the car on an alignment rack and got it back into factory specs, so it's driving straight as an arrow now. No damage to the Control Arms or Tie Rods at all... new rim is on the car with my blizzak as well. I haven't thrown a single code or had an issue at all besides the other day when it was -26 out she sputtered a bit when I fired it up but it went into high idle and warmed itself up just fine.

Was just stumped because the Cobb couldn't pull any codes when the lights were on. I also pulled the ABS sensor and cleaned it really well before putting everything back together. Another thing Minnesota loves is to cake the roads in salt so I figured maybe there was a corrosion issue. And that's why I meticulously wash my car once a week in the winter around here.

Thanks to the previous two responses for any help. But it seems to have solved itself for the time being. Now if you'll excuse me I'm gonna go back to excessively driving my ST during winter conditions. ( That's sarcasm for the people that cannot pick up on it )
So that you're aware and actually read my ENTIRE response...I gave you the answer that fixed your problem. Best of luck to you. Don't hit any curbs.
 

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a 45mph corner at 15mph is clearly not too fast for the conditions. Your input clearly doesn't help with the situation i asked for help on. I've been driving in these conditions for 17+ years and yes it's minnesotas fault for not clearing snow off the roads soon enough during conditions that caused multiple accidents that day. So keep your two cents to yourself because i don't need some curmudgeon trying to throw salt on an open wound.
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I am surprised you bent a rim, was it an aftermarket wheel? I went sideways into a curb at about 30, it was a blind corner and the hill peaked at the beginning of the turn, and once I got to the top the entire surface was covered in loose gravel. Only a slight alignment change was needed, and the wheels had curb rash, but the rest of the car was perfectly fine.
 
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