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Loss of steering

As I pulled into a parking lot recently, I heard a pop come from the vehicle. As soon as I heard the pop, I was able to turn the steering wheel, however the tires will not turn...what gives?

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    i have a ford E-150 econoline van and the same thing happened to me... except, for two days i had steering and then tonight after a day of driving on and off of the freeway, just as i got done parking, i lost all controll of the steering and a bolt fell down from under the van. so how can i fix this?



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Sounds like you broke a tie rod end, or a steering linkage connection.

Do you see anything that connects to the wheels hanging down?
Open the hood, and look at where the steering column shaft goes down. Can you see it turn? (this will take to people to see)
If that shaft turns, where it connects to the wheels, look at the tie rod (the long rod that connects to both front wheels), do you see it move?

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