Tow Truck Bent Tie Rod - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.


Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest

Like Tree3Likes
Reply




 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Fan#: 43034
Location: LA
Posts: 1
FF Reputation: 1 Samm0 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Tow Truck Bent Tie Rod

I own a 2000 Focus ZX3. On New Year's Eve, it was towed because I parked illegally. As soon as I drove the car upon picking it up from the tow place, I noticed that the steering was screwed up and had to pull over and have it towed (again) to my garage. My garage told me that the tie rod on the driver's side had been bent. They replaced it and did a 4-wheel allignment. Total cost: $420.

It's obvious (to me, at least), that the tow truck damaged my car. But they're trying to weasel out of it, saying there's no way their tow trucks (I believe they have the non-flatbed kind) could have done this, although I could have done it myself by driving into a curb or maybe it had slipped out of alignment by magic. They also didn't think that my garage even replaced the tie rod, saying that they thought it had just been cleaned really well to look new since it didn't seem to have been removed from the boot. I have no idea what any of that means, but maybe some of you do.

Basically, the car was pretty much undriveable when I picked it up, so there's really no way it could have been like that before the tow took it. Of course, it's my word against theirs about that.

My question is, can a tow truck damage a tie rod like that? Someone told me that a bent tie rod is a common towing injury for Focuses, but I haven't found anything to confirm that. If I end up having to take the tow company to court, it'd be nice to know that I at least have a leg to stand on. I don't know much about cars and had never even heard of a tie rod before all this happened, so any information you can give me would be valuable and appreciated. Thank you thank you thank you.

(And no, my insurance company will not help me. Progressive says that since the damage was under my deductible, they have no way of forcing the tow company to pay. So I'll probably be dealing with this on my own. And then changing insurance companies).


Samm0 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-20-2007, 02:00 AM   #2
Focus Enthusiast
 
Godspeed9mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Fan#: 41373
Location: Germany
What I Drive: 2006 Pitch Black ZX3 SE

Posts: 113
FF Reputation: 1 Godspeed9mm Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
When I had a 99 SVTC I got T-boned only after 2 weeks of owning the car. The tow company towed the vehicle, I went to pick it up, and the damage was only the passenger side door, headlight, ¼ panel, and a few other things, no mechanical damage (I thought) after further inspection. So its in condition to drive, and I do, I take it to a body work specialist.. they fix it.. new paint, etc.. To make a long story short..


For some weird reason, my Contour would go through tires in about 2,000 miles.. I’m talking 40,000 + Mile tires… The weirdest shit I had ever seen. Just destroying them. 2 Complete Sets of Tires, 1 Replaced after thinking the first set was defective.

This was about 2 months after the accident, wayyyyy to much time had passed.. BUT I took the car to a mechanic & the owner of the shop was a friend of the family. So it was looked at and the lower rear control arm was bent causing the drivers rear wheel to push the car in a slight angle, which in turn wasn’t noticed during alignment and compensated for, therefore causing the tires to wear extremely fast. (By the shitty repair shop)


Moral of the story, tow companies will your car up.. so there is no doubt in my mind that it was them at fault..
__________________
FU%K Salt...
Godspeed9mm is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-20-2007, 02:10 AM   #3
Focus Addict
 
magic2119's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Fan#: 17493
Location: Burlington, Iowa
What I Drive: 2005 yellow zx3

Posts: 864
FF Reputation: 1 magic2119 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
samm0, i dont know anything about it imparticular, but you should do a search on here and see if anyone has talked about it, otherwise i would google.com it and see if you can find anything.
__________________
Team Duratec #15

You Are NOT Prepared!!
magic2119 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-21-2007, 04:27 PM   #4
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Fan#: 39454
Location: Ruther Glen, VA
Posts: 37
FF Reputation: 1 Nstygrnhatch Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
yes this is common with tow trucks picking up cars that are parked and do not have keys for them.

I have seen axles broken in half, transmissions damaged, control arms broken, sway bars bent, tie rod ends broken.

Think about it like this, they are trying to tow your car in the fastest possible way they can, do you think they are worried about damage to your car because you parked somewhere illegal? Usually they have you sign a thing saying you will not sue them for damage they caused because you parked illegally.
Nstygrnhatch is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 11:51 AM   #5
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Fan#: 43850
Location: Grain Valley, Mo
What I Drive: 2003 charcoal gray zts

Posts: 3
FF Reputation: 1 rsouth5 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
it is possible for tow company to damage but will be very hard to prove. 420 seems very high. I just changed inner tie rod on pass. side part was 23.00 at dealers four wheel alignment is only 100 or less. Did you at any time hit a curb? I hit a curb snow covered at 10mph and it bent it bad. Was your steering wheel out of alignment? I think your mechanic screwed you. You can look at the boot around your tie rod it will have a metal band that is crimped if they replaced the tie rod then it should have a plastic zip tie or maybe a hose clamp. I don't know what the book calls for as far as labor but more than an hour labor is too much. and more than 60.00 for the part is too much. Your bill should have been no more than 250.00
rsouth5 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2019, 06:23 AM   #6
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Fan#: 411867
Posts: 12
Points 7, Level 1
Points: 7, Level: 1 Points: 7, Level: 1 Points: 7, Level: 1
Level Up 13% Completed
Level up: 13% Level up: 13% Level up: 13%
Forum Activity 28%
Activity: 28% Activity: 28% Activity: 28%
FF Reputation: 1 shawnmicheal200 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
did you contact with towing company? did you tell them your problem? May be that is mistake by a towing driver may be they would pay you. i have also a experience of towing truck driver i used to drive a Rite Way Towing New York company's truck, they are very professional and reliable. kindly contact with towing company may be they will help.
shawnmicheal200 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2019, 09:01 AM   #7
Thats What She Said
 
Magus2727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Fan#: 62897
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
What I Drive: 2001 MB ZX3, 2004 SY SVT ZX5

Posts: 10,392
Points 20,497, Level 90
Points: 20,497, Level: 90 Points: 20,497, Level: 90 Points: 20,497, Level: 90
Level Up 30% Completed
Level up: 30% Level up: 30% Level up: 30%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 23 Magus2727 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rsouth5 View Post
it is possible for tow company to damage but will be very hard to prove. 420 seems very high. I just changed inner tie rod on pass. side part was 23.00 at dealers four wheel alignment is only 100 or less. Did you at any time hit a curb? I hit a curb snow covered at 10mph and it bent it bad. Was your steering wheel out of alignment? I think your mechanic screwed you. You can look at the boot around your tie rod it will have a metal band that is crimped if they replaced the tie rod then it should have a plastic zip tie or maybe a hose clamp. I don't know what the book calls for as far as labor but more than an hour labor is too much. and more than 60.00 for the part is too much. Your bill should have been no more than 250.00
Your not taking into account any shop hourly rates at $125 ish is an average shop rate. you have hardardus dispusal and shop fees for rags and such that they charge everyone for. you have taxes. diagnoses or inspection fees. Tie rods will easily be a 2-3 hour job on the books if both are replaced. a 1-2 hour job for a single side. so 250 for labor, 100 for alignment and 80 for parts, taxes, and fees sounds resonable.
__________________
2001 ZX3 Zetec - Rebuild "The TICK" (
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
2004 ZX5 SVT - Restoration "Code Name Rocket" (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=722698&referrerid=62897)
Magus2727 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2019, 09:48 AM   #8
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2017
Fan#: 355553
Location: Not telling, IL
What I Drive: 15 Focus Slow Edition

Posts: 367
Points 382, Level 7
Points: 382, Level: 7 Points: 382, Level: 7 Points: 382, Level: 7
Level Up 64% Completed
Level up: 64% Level up: 64% Level up: 64%
Forum Activity 30%
Activity: 30% Activity: 30% Activity: 30%
FF Reputation: 1 AdhesiveTeflon Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If you can get the shop to gather any proof of the damage and fight with you, you might have a good case but it won't be easy, especially with trying to prove that the tow company bent the tie rod. It's already a hard battle to prove when tow companies don't use a flatbed or dolly for AWD cars and wreak the transfer cases.
AdhesiveTeflon is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2019, 04:01 PM   #9
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 96610
Location: Fort Worth, TX
What I Drive: 00 wagon, 02 sedan both zetec atx

Posts: 14,885
Points 9,174, Level 64
Points: 9,174, Level: 64 Points: 9,174, Level: 64 Points: 9,174, Level: 64
Level Up 42% Completed
Level up: 42% Level up: 42% Level up: 42%
Forum Activity 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%
FF Reputation: 62 amc49 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Around here the tow drivers are pretty much unstoppable, there was a city news article about how many hundreds of cars they damaged or stole from then they simply refuse to pay and the city can only yank the entire towing contract which it is loathe to do.

It's between your lawyer and them and they do not bend over to help you with issues at all.

I note that the OP wanted to drop his insurance company because it would not go after the towing company, it is NOT the responsibility of insurance to do that at all. Only to get back any losses THEY incur not the driver. A misplaced sense of 'justice' there.
felixthecat likes this.

Last edited by amc49; 04-10-2019 at 04:04 PM.
amc49 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2019, 06:45 PM   #10
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Fan#: 409817
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SEL Hatch

Posts: 169
Points 156, Level 3
Points: 156, Level: 3 Points: 156, Level: 3 Points: 156, Level: 3
Level Up 12% Completed
Level up: 12% Level up: 12% Level up: 12%
Forum Activity 15%
Activity: 15% Activity: 15% Activity: 15%
FF Reputation: 1 Smalls89 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Anyone notice this thread is from 2007? See post #5
Byron King likes this.
Smalls89 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What I Drive
Year, color, and model of your car. Example: 2003 Focus Centennial Edition Sedan
Name
Your real name.
City
State
Country
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inner Tie rod Question j-dane Wheels & Tires 8 01-12-2007 01:06 AM
bent tie rod magic2119 General Technical Chat 1 12-07-2005 09:20 PM
Bent inner tie rod QuikHAtCH Wheels & Tires 0 11-25-2005 01:30 PM
replacing tie rod??? black2k Wheels & Tires 4 06-10-2005 05:30 PM
April 2005 U.S. Auto Sales Scorecard Kneel General Car Chat Lounge 3 05-04-2005 03:56 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:41 PM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.




 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1