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My 1998 mercury sable car won't steer and sounds crazy

I was driving and clipped a curb on the right front tire. It immediatly sounded like the tire had blown or was messed up but it was not flat nor could see any damage to the car. As I drove it another 7 blocks or so the steering became more and more wild until i was making several complete turns of the steering wheel just to keep the car at all straight. I did get it home and turned into my driveway but I have no idea what i did to it. I have not tried to drive it since. I had someone tell me I probably broke a pin holding a bar of some sort (don't remember what it was called) but i must know what it is because when i buy a part it has to be rite. I'm broke!

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    abarr34 Jan 13, 2009

    I hit at maby 30mph.Just hitting it sort of straight on and correcting my turn immediatly.That wheel slants slightly inwards at the bottom . Also I don't know what the tie rod ends look like to check. I am pretty sure however that it is not the upper controle arms . Please Help!

  • desireesdad
    desireesdad Sep 11, 2012

    upper control arms??? on a small new car??? uhh sure... lol you got struts right? theres a tab on the bottom of it with 2 bolt holes right? ya...

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Write it off lol

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You have done major damage to the steering rack, or universal coupling to the steering column.
Do not attempt to drive the car on the road again !
If you were able to make complete turns on the steering wheel you should be able to see the problem by opening the bonnet and getting a friend to turn it, and check the steering column as it goes into the steering rack.



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    John Quinn Jan 13, 2009

    Yes it sounds like you have bent lower track control arm, and possibly more.

    You need to have it checked by a professional I am afraid.

    Good Luck !

    John.

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Sounds like you messed your steering rod up.
how hard did you hit the curb?
check your tierod ends and make sure they didnt come un done. are your wheels parallel to each other.

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  • Robert Weiss Jan 14, 2009

    You have done major damage to the steering rack, or universal coupling to the steering column.
    absolutly do not attempt to drive the car on the road again.
    If you were able to make complete turns on the steering wheel you should be able to see the problem by opening the bonnet and getting a friend to turn it, and check the steering column as it goes into the steering rack.

    right me back. where do you live at?

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