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Sudden tie-rod failure? by wilson999
Post New Message Hi, we have a 1996 MCI D Series bus that someone drove into a concrete block next to a parking lot, and I am trying to figure out if the driver's story makes sense. The bus was found with a 5-foot scrape on the side, with the rear wheel well ripped up and jammed against the concrete block. The driver says that the bus suddenly fishtailed and that a roadside mechanic told him that a shackle on the tie-rod seemed "loose." The mechanic told us later that he found the tag axle was twisted and he "loosened the shackle on the center link, allowing the tag axle to be realigned" and then the bus was fine to drive back. The question is whether the driver drove into the concrete block, damaging the tie-rod, or vice versa? Is it possible for a loose shackle on a tie-rod to cause a bus traveling about 3 mph on dry concrete to swerve into a concrete block?
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Post New MessageSudden tie-rod failure? wilson999 9-4-17  
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