2016 AVALON XLE, 2016 ES350
if the front end was damaged by a pothole hit at high speed it is definitely feasible that you have damaged bearings/hub units or even cvj axles. The groaning is a symptom of failing wheel bearings or cv joints. My wife hit a huge pothole on I-70 at 75mph in my daughters Civic. 2 weeks later, axles and bearings. The car had 60k on the clock.I had the front end looked at and they said it's good. But I'm starting to disagree. The car has 77k so I would think the hub bearings would still be good? As posted earlier, 2 of the original wheels were bent badly so I'm afraid there was damage to the suspension/steering somewhere. So I will start with having the axles tested as you recommend. And then the motor mounts. I think I should have the strut mounts looked at also. The torque converter thing is scary, I did see some posting about that somewhere. Would this be a recall issue?
The noise I'm hearing at slow turns is hard to describe. It's like a groaning noise I guess. Not the typical bad CV joint click though.
As far as ride quality, what replacement should I use for the struts or mounts? Stay OEM or other brand?