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Old 09-05-2005, 03:23 PM   #1
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tie rod failure at 60mph!!

ever had your tie rod disconnect while you were driving down the highway?... i have. i almost shit a brick when it happened too. out of nowhere the front pass wheel started shaking like it was coming off and screeching really loud, followed by a horrible scraping noise. i tried to pull into a little subdivision, but ended up in the ditch(luckily it wasnt very big or full of water). i had to back out because the rod was trying sticking into the ground when i went forward, and once it was out i tied the rod to the frame with some speaker wire. i noticed that it was just the ball joint that came apart, but i was still pissed when it happened.

how do you tighten the balljoint? the nut came off the BJ and thats what caused it to fall apart. i have another nut for it, but the BJ keeps spinning.
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Old 09-05-2005, 03:26 PM   #2
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Re: tie rod failure at 60mph!!

u need to put the nut on, and tighthen it, then u put a cotter pin in the thread on teh BJ so the nut cant come off- mike

mine spins too, i used an impact to get on there pretty tight, and put a cotter pin through it
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Re: tie rod failure at 60mph!!

Place a jack up under the tie rod to put some pressure on it and it won't spin anymore so you can tighten the nut down.

But I'm confused on how it fell out. Did u mess with the truck's suspension in anyway. U need to check your stuff out and make sure their are cotter pins where needed. If it were me I would put brand new ones everywhere.
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good idea with the jack, ill use it next time lol
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Re: tie rod failure at 60mph!!

i didnt mess with any of it, but it did just come from the body shop. it was wrecked in the front pretty bad, and it pushed part of the bumper into the steering assembly.
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