Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 23:35:24 -0700
From: Chris Nguyen <mhangnopsamassnet.com>
Subject: Very disturbing problem


I have a 1995 Saab 900SE V6. Ok, so I was driving on a wet rainy road on friday night and I had to slam on my brakes and turn sharply to avoid an animal. I skidded and my steering flew in a full turn position, hard, but not unusually hard, pretty much like what would happed to anyone. No accident, thank God. But anyways, right after, my steering was misaligned a bit to the left, but otherwise the steering seemed fine. When I got home I turned the wheel full turn in the opposite direction of the misalignment to the right under normal force and then suddenly I heard a small *snap.* My steering wheel was turning freely, totally disconnected from the rack and pinion. Now I was lucky that I was stopped at the time. My steering was totally gone. Had I been doing a tight u turn, I could have lost control and hit someone. I had to have it towed the next day. It turned out that the rod that connects the steering wheel to the steering assembly had completely snapped in two. I know that this is not supposed to happned under any non-accident condition. Not having steering is a dangerous position to be in when driving especially on the freeway. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Would this be a manufacter's defect? I wouldn't imagine that this is too common or is it? I love my Saab, but man this is not something I am too comfortable with. Chris

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