Snow, Ice, Curb = Bent Tie Rod

Posted By on December 16, 2007

VW GTI Bent Tie RodWinter weather has arrived and many drivers ‘new and old’ are remembering how to drive on slippery road again. Having a teenage driver who is still learning to manage rain, ice and snow is a recipe for car repairs — few escape unscathed, from what I can tell?

This weekend was the first for my son as he called to let me know that he had a run-in with a curb and the curb won. Relieved that he and his friends were okay, I headed off to give them rides home and inspected the damage. (I inched the car home with the alignment WAY off). Thankfully the damage was minor — scuffed rims, a leak in the tire and from what I can tell — only a bent tie rod.

In doing a parts price check online, we should be able to buy aftermarket inner tie rod assembly for a reasonable price; I’ll check with the dealer on Monday as a comparison. For now, we are thankful that the initial learning experience didn’t cause any injuries or significant damage.


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