25-30 degrees?? Geezus...
More than likely, something go in the motor and caused it to jam just long enough to bend the stack and then it probably fell out.
If AE is gonna replace it, you probably can just email them, I doubt they will make you send it back in.
You could also head over to RCcars.com and Big Jim might be able to give you the 101 on how to repair it(only do this if AE won't send you another or they let you keep it after sending you another).