Broken tie rod = no steering = the damn car’s not going anywhere — unless you happen to have one of these with you. This tie rod coupler binds the broken rod together to get you back on the road — if only at “pushing speed.”
The tie rod connects the steering rack to the front wheels in your car. When it breaks, the wheel ends up turning freely, preventing you from moving the car at all. The tie rod coupler cradles the broken rod in a metal sleeve, locking it in place with a pair of eye-bolts screwed into holes on the sleeve.
According to the manufacturer, using this method is not recommended for driving – at all. (In fact 5 MPH or “pushing speed” is the limit.) As you can imagine, it’d be impossible to get the alignment right, and those eye-bolts’ll sure-as-hell back out eventually. The idea is that it’ll hold together long enough to get a wounded auto onto or off of a trailer or out of the middle of the road and into a work area where the rod can be replaced.
Street pricing starts at $26.