Also, it looks like you may have a recall on your vehicle. The dealer may fix this for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on this to see if it applies to you.
STEERING LOSS FROM CRACKED OFFSET TOE ADJUSTING PIN
NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 94E019000
Related Ref Number(s): 94E019000
Model(s): 1991 Ford Escort
1991 Mercury Tracer
1992 Ford Escort
1992 Mercury Tracer
1993 Ford Escort
1993 Mercury Tracer
Campaign No: 94E019000
Number of Affected Vehicles: 919
Beginning Date of Manufacture: 1992 DEC
Ending Date of Manufacture: 1994 MAY
Suspension; independent front.
Does not meet specs, Material, Heat treatment
Offset rear toe adjusting pin.
DESCRIPTION OF DEFECT
The offset toe adjusting pin can fracture under conditions such as torsional loads, flexing motion, impact loads, and overtorquing.
CONSEQUENCE OF DEFECT
This can result in loss of vehicle steering control and an accident.
Dana will pay for replacement and labor costs of the adjustment pin without charge to the installing facility and the vehicle owner. These pins should be replaced by a Ford original equipment pin assembly. Owner or installer inquiries concerning this recall campaign should contact Dana Service Center at 1-800-248-9606.
Monday, December 28th, 2009 AT 12:18 PM