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Old 06-18-02, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How dangerous is a bad tie rod?

OK guys, I just had my car get the once or twice over at the dealer and they said among other things that the tie rod is bad and it is "dangerous." My question is what will happen if it breaks? I drive 100 miles a day to work (round trip) and won't beable to get it fixed too soon. What could happen?

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Re: How dangerous is a bad tie rod?

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OK guys, I just had my car get the once or twice over at the dealer and they said among other things that the tie rod is bad and it is "dangerous." My question is what will happen if it breaks? I drive 100 miles a day to work (round trip) and won't beable to get it fixed too soon. What could happen?

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DEATH! DEATH! DEATH!

The tie rod does just that...keeps the rod tied into your steering assembly. If that goes, kiss your (Excuse my french) ass GOOD BYE! The wheel cancome off the car once you roll over it and spin into a deadly frenzy and whoever is around and behind you smacks into you. Trust me, this part is less than $60, and $45 labnor. Do not risk your life for a savings of $100. I know u are worth more than that to yourself, friends and family.
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Old 06-19-02, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If it totally breaks or separates, it can cause a sudden uncontrolable loss of steering....I have a friend whose left tie rod end came loose from the steering rack in his Intrepid while going through the McDonalds drive through....lucky for him....had it happened on the freeway, he would have wrecked for sure and maybe hurt or killed someone else too. this is something that should be fixed, although I know dealers may make it out to be ready to break when it may just be worn....not worth the risk though....
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Old 06-19-02, 01:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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BTW, just for those that are slow and not picking up on this one. If your tie rod breaks and your wheel comes off your car is FUBAR. Actually, you probably are too
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Not the money

It's not the money it's that no one that I have called has the part in the area. Most are saying a week or so at best. I will drive to work today then home, and trade cars with someone untill it is fixed I guess. Thanks guys, but you gotta admit you don't hear about too many catastrophic tie rod deaths every week.

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It's not the money it's that no one that I have called has the part in the area. Most are saying a week or so at best. I will drive to work today then home, and trade cars with someone untill it is fixed I guess. Thanks guys, but you gotta admit you don't hear about too many catastrophic tie rod deaths every week.

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True.
Very True..but it is scary because I have seen it happen, and I replaced mine last year
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Thanks guys, but you gotta admit you don't hear about too many catastrophic tie rod deaths every week.

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That's because all they know is sudden unexplained loss of control. The front end is so mashed up they can't tell what failed before the impact and what failed during the impact.
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That's because all they know is sudden unexplained loss of control. The front end is so mashed up they can't tell what failed before the impact and what failed during the impact.

same with my crx....the steering went DEAD. went straight into center divide
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Needless to say i am fixing it tomorrow, my Legend and my life are worth more than the $180 the dealer wants...

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Get it fixed ASAP because the ride is definately uncomfortable. I was driving around with mines damaged for awhile and didnt know it until I got my konis and eibach installed and when I got the tie rods and saw the old ones I was like whoa, it was in real bad shape. So please get them changed cause we wouldnt want you getting into an accident.
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The dealer told me that Mine are beginning to go bad. I havent noticed any problems with the steering. And he didnt tell me what rod was going. My steering wheel is slitely turned to the left, but other than that , nothing. What symptoms am I to expect?
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believe it or not the passanger tie rod on my coupe broke in half. The front right wheel was turned all the way in and wouldnt go any other way. REPLSE IT ASAP if it is bad. It would have killed me if iw as on the highway
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What are symptoms of a bad tie rod ??
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What are symptoms of a bad tie rod ??
yeah. I just jacked my car up and looked at my tie rods and they are well intaked. I tried to move my tires on both side but they were stiff. The tie rods didnt flex at all. dont look like any excess grease on them either. I dont even see a crack. The dealer said they were starting to go bad. what does starting consist of?
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stupid question..

but what do are the tie rods, what do they look like and where are they located, any pictures would be helpful thanks
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