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On June 30th, as we were driving down a residential street, the right, lower
a-arm on our Ford Escort wagon let go bringing things to an abrupt halt.
On June 25th we used this car to make the 500 mile round-trip from
Boardman, Ohio to Carlisle, Pa.on the Pa. Turnpike to deliver our daughter
to Dickinson College for a 5 week stint as a teaching assistant.
That a-arm could have let loose at 70 mph on the turnpike instead of
25 mph on a residential street. It makes you wonder.
So, if you have an older car, ours was a 95, please check the suspension.
The Ford wasn't repairable so we went out today and bought a car.
Sure didn't plan on that but, the alternative wasn't so good either.
 

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Very close call indeed!! The timing was a good break. Im glad there were no injuries involved.
 

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Glad to hear things turned out alright...
On a completely different note...
Why do you have the Lady Be Good crash site as your avatar???
 

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Glad to hear things turned out alright...
On a completely different note...
Why do you have the Lady Be Good crash site as your avatar???
I don't know. It has just always fascinated me.
I have a lot of avatars to cycle through. :ROF
 

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:Stop: You are blessed indeed! I lost a tie rod end while going 65 mph in the hammer lane, fortunately it wasn't the side controlled by the steering but it still wasn't pretty. Oh and ger this the Trooper that showed up started yelling at me for chewing up the grass (I made a bonsai run to the shoulder where I spun out eventually)
 

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Wow! Glad you're safe. You never know what each day is going to bring; so count your blessings! :)
 

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March 28 1979 I lost the left outer tie rod end on a 1969 3/4 ton Chevy pick-up at 65 mph. I had just filled the gas tank with 27 gals. The steering locked up and the wheel collapsed. The truck slid across the highway and I hit a semi truck head on.

Massive injuries but here to tell about it. You are very fortunate indeed!
 

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Sorry to hear.

I can't image it scare to have that.

Geo Metro are notorious for this. Frame for A control Arm will fall from frame during drive.
 

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Close call indeed! That could have been ugly. At least you and the family are safe. Another car payment bites, but you are all safe.
 

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It's amazing,how many times a part will fail in a SAFE place,after the car was just used in a very potentially dangerous situation!..Glad you weren't hurt,it could have been very different!..



I've had the brake lines pop on my '95 Ford Contour after I backed out of the garage in my driveway..the shifter wont move till you step on the brakes,a safety feature supposedly,that was sticky,so I had to hit the brake pedal a bit harder than normal to get it in reverse..and it sank right too the floor!..

I was going to gas it up in preperation for a 200 mile trip the next day,and I shudder to think what could have happenned at 70 mph if I had to make a panic stop..it also blew the power steering oil cooler's metal tubing the day before another long trip was planned..both the brake lines and the oil cooler were rusty enough to fail..I replaced all the rear lines and used copper tubing to replace the oil cooler's tubing!..

I've had brake lines pop on me while driving several times though,and am lucky to be alive..some rusted on the INSIDE,and looked perfect on the exterior!..my worst brake failure was in my '66 Buick Electra 225,when I was going down a mile long hill in Fall River MA,when the rear brake lines blew..it had only a "single" master cylinder,so you lose ONE brake line,you have NO brakes--and the emergency brake cables were rusted and seized,I had to steer into the curb,and grind the right front tire against it till it stopped,I also put it in reverse after it slowed to about 25 mph, and baked the tires until it stopped!..I was very lucky one side of the street was a "no parking" zone!.

I had an idler arm fall off on my '67 Impala ,going 65 mph on the highway..at first I noticed the steering felt "loose",then suddenly the car slowed down to about 35 mph like I had hit the brakes all by itself,and I had to press down harder on the gas pedal to keep the car moving,but it held back like something was dragging, or the tranny was screwed up..

I went to pull over investigate,and the steering wheel moved,but the car kept going straight!--soon as I touched the brakes,the two front wheels went to "full lock" ,facing outwards in opposite directions,and the car screeched to a halt!!--cars swerved around me going 55 mph,it was just about dark,and I had to get out and KICK the tires and try getting it over into the breakdown lane!..I was lucky that night wasn't my last too..

Ive been a pasgenger in some nasty crashes,but walked away unscathed..but my scariest experience was when a tractor trailers rear trailer tire,and brake drum,fell off and came right at me in my '69 GTO at 70 mph,and I turned the car broadside,and it hit it right behind the front tire,and caved in the whole passenger side and went up and over the roof,all in about 5 seconds!..

I "woke up" on the shoulder of the road,when the truck driver shook me and asked if I was OK,and then said "gee,you did a great job driving,you had that car completely sideways,yet you spun it right back in line and parked it here!...I told him I was NOT driving,it had to be a gaurdian angel,I remembered swerving and hearing the tire hit--then I blacked out!.
That was in 1982 I think,and to this day I hate following a semi-trailer!..

I noticed one day when I jacked my 81 G10 Chevy Van up to change a flat left rear tire,that the leaf spring was cracked right at the part where the front bushing presses into the "eye" curled into the main leaf!..the spring was only being "held" there by the weight of the van bearing down on the spring,the upper half of the "eye" was GONE!..I had just returned from a trip to Nashville TN in it a week earlier!...:eek:
I thought it felt a bit weird going around some corners and hear a "thump" once in a while..!!..I took it off the road shortly after that,I "temporarily" fixed it by wrapping some flat plate around the spring eye and used clamps to secure it..still that way now,I'll have to replace the spring if I ever register it again!..
 

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I was getting ready to pull a small trailer for a friend one evening. After hitching up and plugging in the electrical connector, we had no trailer lights. I thought no problem and crawled under to check the wiring harness when I noticed that the springs on the passenger side did not look right.

Low and behold, the rear spring shackle on the passenger side had rusted in two and was pressed up against the bottom of the bed. I about passed out right then and there.

There had not been any change in handling or any odd noises. I have no idea how long it had been in such sad shape.

I ordered all four shackles and bushings to do the entire job at once. Upon starting, the other three shackles pretty much fell apart in my hands when I went to remove them. There was no need to use the torch to burn off the rivet heads. With just a small persuasion from a small hammer they came right off. The rivets were so bad that they just popped right out of the frame with a hammer blow.

Needless to say, I now check the undercarriage on the Ranger a lot more often and carefully.
 

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Whenever somebody ask me 'how you doing today?', I reply "well, I'm up and I'm dressed".

Can't picture the opposite.

Glad to hear everyone is "up and dressed", today.
 

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lady be good
Guess some of us are really dating ourselves to know the name and know what she was.
Remember when she was found. Middle 60s maybe??
 

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Wow - curious what the state inspection requirements are in your state, when it was last inspected and who did it. Seems really odd to just break like that.

Glad you are OK!!!
 

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I was getting ready to pull a small trailer for a friend one evening. After hitching up and plugging in the electrical connector, we had no trailer lights. I thought no problem and crawled under to check the wiring harness when I noticed that the springs on the passenger side did not look right.

Low and behold, the rear spring shackle on the passenger side had rusted in two and was pressed up against the bottom of the bed. I about passed out right then and there.

There had not been any change in handling or any odd noises. I have no idea how long it had been in such sad shape.

I ordered all four shackles and bushings to do the entire job at once. Upon starting, the other three shackles pretty much fell apart in my hands when I went to remove them. There was no need to use the torch to burn off the rivet heads. With just a small persuasion from a small hammer they came right off. The rivets were so bad that they just popped right out of the frame with a hammer blow.

Needless to say, I now check the undercarriage on the Ranger a lot more often and carefully.
yup I have done several Ford truck shackles; the front upper spring pocket is a common bad spot too.
 
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