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Causes for a Tie Rod Breaking

Posted - 10/26/2011

Tie rods are steering components that connect the rack and pinion mechanism to the steering knuckles. Because of their location, these components tend to see the most abuse in ordinary driving. Metal fatigue from ordinary wear and tear and rust formation can cause a tie rod to break. Spent tire rubber from other vehicles, rocks, and other debris can strike the tie rod and cause it to break. If you suspect you have a broken tie rod, do not attempt to drive the vehicle. Instead, have a professional towing service tow the vehicle to the nearest repair shop for service.
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