so all im saying here is please check your drag link adjustment sleeve, mine stripped the threads out while i was driving and this happened.
driving down the highway to a local trail when the steering let go had absolutely no control hit a guard rail and went right into the trees. luckily it pulled right when i hit the brakes and we didnt go into oncoming traffic.
the worst injury is a broken wrist.
double check your steering! after my crash i have had 2 friends that found issues in theirs.
stay safe people!
WOW that is terrible!! I'm glad there where no serious injuries although it's hard to believe considering the level of damage. You had no warning of a steering problem? No play or noises? Hard to tell from the pic but it looks like there are no threads left on 2/3 of the drag link?
Id be very interested on the details of that drag link.Were the sleeve clamps not tight? Crap,Im glad your ok
I was wondering the same thing, i just adjusted mine about a month ago, if that, after my lift kit. Didnt think it could cause this.. I tightened them after i adjusted but in the morning before i head out i will be making sure they are quite tight just to be safe. And glad your alright, wrecks are no fun...
1998 Jeep Wrangler, 4.0 I6
33x12.50 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
3 inch Zone suspension lift, Rubicon Express adjustable front track bar, 1.25 inch body lift.
everything was tight. stock drag link installed by who knows whenever it was lifted. i have seen it happen before. also track bars. i have an xj and a yj as well gonna sell the yj. i loved that tj. it felt a little squirrley when we left in hind sight but nothing major untill that happened.
Yikes, how fast were you going when you took the hit? Looks like the after market bumper took the hit, and based on the damage pics, looks like the damage to the hood was caused when the rear end lifted up and the hood hit the tree at a severe angle.
Glad you are ok
Which would let the same thing happen if you neglected your steering system in the same manner. Let anything loose, be it a control arm, adjusting collar on the drag link, etc.. and eventually it will pull loose.
I'm with the others; glad you're OK, but things like this don't just happen. If that was the case we'd be seeing this all the time. Sounds like it wasn't right to begin with.
The test is not easy. The small frontal overlap that IIHS began doing last year is designed to mimic hitting a narrow object, such as a pole, or a partial head-on collision on the driver side. In order to be designated as a TSP+, the vehicle needs to first pass the other IIHS front, rear, side and rollover tests -- then pass the new small overlap test.
Two Civics -- both the two-door and four-door models -- and three other larger vehicles earned this top rating, it was announced today. The other top scorers were the redesigned 2014 Mazda6 midsize mainstream sedan, the Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury sedan and the Volvo XC60 midsize luxury SUV.
TSP+ means the cars were able to score a top "good" score on the new, tough "small overlap frontal crash test" -- hitting a barrier at 40 mph with just the outside 25% of the car's front end -- in addition to the regular tests.
Last month, I took my Jeep to a local Tire place in Riverside, CA for an alignment a couple of days before my international Baja run. During the run, my steering wheel began turning while I drove straight - first, to the two 'o clock position, then the 3 'o clock position. I was driving about 7-10 mph, and stopped on the trail by the time it reached the 4 'o clock position asking the guys over the CB that something wierd was up with my steering. The sleeve was only hand-tight, so, adjustment of my steering wheel wasn't an issue.
Moments from a possibly catastrophic failure
Tomb Raider #815 - 2003 1/2 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon w/4" Pro Comp/Metal Cloak dbl adj arms, Pro-Comp MX-6, Daystar BL, K&N FIPK II w/Air Raid, ViAir Extreme OBA, Currie Steering, Black Rock D909s, 35" BFG KM2 -- BUILT FOR BAJA 4" 33" to 35"