Worn Tie Rods?

If your tie rods are worn or broken, you need to steer over to an auto mechanic in Madison who can help.

You’ve always wanted to make a winter trek to see the Apostle Islands Frozen Ice Caves. It’s one of those things that’s on your bucket list and, this year, you even put the trip on your list of New Year’s resolutions (I will visit the ice caves this winter.) But now, you’re wondering if you’re going to make it. Your steering wheel had been shaking, especially in turns, and your car was vibrating. You tried to pass it off as bad roads from sand and salt. But now your car seems to be drifting and, much as you’d like to blame slick roads, you don’t think that’s the problem.

You’re probably right that the problem is not the roads.

A shaking steering wheel, especially when you turn, and vibrations are two indicators that you might have worn tie rods. Tie rods “tie” your steering wheel to your wheels. A tie rod breaks and you have no way to communicate with your wheels and, at best, your car starts to drift all over the road because you have lost control. As ehow.com says, this is an “extremely dangerous” situation.

“This can cause serious accidents and/or injury if not taken care of immediately,” ehow says. “If you’re experiencing tie rod issues, it’s best to drive slowly to the closest auto repair shop. If the problem has gone unchecked and your vehicle is starting to drift, pull over on the side of the road and call for a tow truck to prevent any possible accidents or injuries.”

The best place to take your car is Terry’s Car Care so our expert auto mechanics can take a look. Terry’s has been the trusted, locally owned Madison auto repair shop for more than 45 years. We’ll have your car fixed up and have you on the road to the ice caves in no time. And while you’re here, ask about our money-saving specials including one for $50 off select NAPA steering and chassis parts.

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