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Sudden tie-rod failure? wilson999 9-4-17  
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?
Re: sudden tie-rod failure? Bubba The Bus Tech 9-5-17  

Define Loose?

If a suspension rod came loose, as in fell off.... maybe. If he didn't realize he had a problem until contact.... OK but a sudden swerve would need a brake application or a bump or such.

As too 5 foot scrape, yes I can see that, I pushed an old, rusty BMW 5 Series about 8 feet at idle in reverse one night.

Got lucky on that one as my Boss heard that the owner was bragging his uninsured car was getting paid out because of his careful and intentional hidden parking job. Got written up for a minor rather than serious backing incident.

Anyway. Not enough evidence to call him on it unless there is more info to be had.
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