How scared should I be of a loose tie rod?
August 4, 2012 4:41 AM Subscribe
Safety/severity questions with a bad tie rod.
posted by wanderingchord to travel & transportation (11 answers total)
I drive a 2000 Saturn Sl. When I had it in the shop recently, I was told the right tie rod was loose. If I had the money, I would be fixing it, not asking about it, but unfortunately it will be another week or two before I can get it repaired.
From what I've read this can be a pretty dangerous issue, but I haven't noticed much in the way of actual symptoms. The steering doesn't "pull" at all and feels only very slightly loose. Car handles as well as it ever has. I notice a slight bit of wobble on extreme turns for parking and such (which I've been avoiding), but no other strange behavior or noises.
So, two questions. First, how fantastically terrified should I be as I drive this around for another two weeks so I can pay my bills, and second, assuming I make it that long, is putting off the re-alignment for a while also a safety issue, or is it just going to wear my wheels down a bit?