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Possible broken tie rod? Or just out of alignment?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by AZtrkbabe, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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    AZtrkbabe

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    Went off roading today and when I hit the pavement again I noticed that my steering wheel is crooked. Pointing to about 1:00 now. I did hear a bang on the trail that made me get out and take a look. Thought I’d hit my skid plate and didn’t see anything obviously wrong otherwise. Checked again when I got home and noticed that my tie rods appear to be at different angles or twists where the are closest to the wheel...(still learning so not sure of the proper term but check photos). Does it look like I broke a tie rod or is it as simple as getting an alignment? Thanks
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  2. Apr 24, 2020 at 9:51 PM
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    wow just realized like whats wrong with pic :) missing front CV's :) and then i was like oh, thats cause its not 4x4 :)

    if u drive at speed to does it pull to left or right?

    also any major struggle to turn ether side, or clanking? maybe make full left and inspect the rod, then do full right and inspect it and see if anything looks abnormal
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2020 at 8:07 AM
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    It drives true. No pulling to either side. Just a crooked steering wheel. No clanking or other sounds.

    And yes 2wd drive! Lol
     
  4. Apr 25, 2020 at 1:34 PM
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    Needs another alignment. Happened to me. You can straighten out your steering wheel by adjusting the tie rod, but you can also mess everything else up while doing that(like me) so just get another alignment and you’re straight.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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    Yep alignment did the job! Was stressing a big repair. Relieved it was something simple.
    Thanks for your input guys!
     
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  6. May 5, 2020 at 4:24 PM
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    cool, something to keep in mind on my next adventure, mine is slight left as well, so wonder if thats the case after so many trails :)
     
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