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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.

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4 Responses to Finds: Tie Rod Coupler — Mechanic, Un-Strand Thyself

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    In spite of the warnings, you just KNOW some yahoo is going to try and drive with this thing. I bet there are a slew of folks right now looking for cheap cars with broken tie-rods thinking that for $30 they can ‘fix’ it enough to sell.

    It is what it is. Handy if you have the exact need of moving a car out of the middle of the road or getting a car off a trailer with a broken tie rod.

  2. Rob says:

    Oh come on! This is great! Pair it up with some alternator welding (everyone has jumper cables and a coathanger in the car, right?) and you’re on the road in a jif! (please don’t do this..I’m just joking)

  3. Craig says:

    Alternator Welding? That’s childish. We all know that the only proper way to “repair” broken tie rods is to use duct tape.

    Seriously, I think this looks awesome for PUSHING or otherwise not driving a disabled vehicle.

  4. james b says:

    Looks like a good idea, and bad execution. I’m going to weld one of these up with some grade-8 hardware and 1/4″ DOM tubing that I have around, to put in my Jeep for going off-road.

    Years ago I had a tie-rod come out of the steering knuckle in my Sentra after the repair shop didn’t replace the cotter pin. Put me in a ditch next to the tobacco field in NC. I drove that home (slowly) with a coat hanger through the cotter pin hole holding it together after I couldn’t find the bolt that fell off.

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