I apologize in advance for the long winded question...
Back in September I got into a game of 'chicken' with a deer crossing the road. I thought I got the best of the deer but it seems to be getting the best of me.
Body shop took the jeep in found body damage to grill hood and passenger fender. When they got to the mechanical side of the inspection my drag link had taken a huge hit and was bent around 3" towards the rear of the jeep. When I hit the deer I had a bad case of death wobble. I hit the deer at roughly 45-50mph. So hit the brakes and got it under control, managed to keep it out the ditches as there was no shoulder on either side of the road.
I voiced concern from the beginning that the steering box needed to be looked at considering that was what took the bulk of the impact (i was running synergy drag link--pretty beefy). Also the ball joints due to the major death wobble that occurred. I had replaced them 5 months prior with alloy usa ball joints.
Woke up Monday to a screeching belt under the hood, checked it out and power steering pulley had rubber melted onto it. So I took the tension off the belt and removed it. Power steering pulley moves freely by hand.
My question is would the impact on the drag link cause internal damage to the steering box causing metal flakes/chips/fragments to run through the power steering system and collect in the pump causing it to seize up? Trying to figure out whether I need to just swap out a power steering pump or is there possibly an underlying issue here that should be covered by insurance?