NHTSA — Steering: Linkages: Tie Rod Assembly Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,522 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2000 Buick Century steering problems

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2000 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 092005

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,218 miles


- the contact owns a 2000 Buick Century custom and complained about the following problems: The lower intake manifold gasket, the thermostat, and water pump. These components had to be replaced because the vehicle was overheating. The rear brake shoes and a leaking cylinder also had to be replaced. The rear drums, and the switch on the driver's side for the power windows where replaced due to possible fire concerns. In addition, the right outer tie rod end on the passenger's side wheel was loose and had to be repaired. Since the vehicle was inherited in 2003 all the aforementioned failures had to be replaced or repaired starting in 2005. The contact spoke with the manufacturer, and they stated they would not reimburse the contact because there was no relationship established with the dealer since the vehicle was purchased. The current mileage was 74,442, and the failure mileage was 64,218. The consumer has provided invoices of services and checked with GM to see if there was a recall on the gasket manifold, however she was informed no recall was issued for that part. Update 05/10/07

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 212004

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • miles
On two occasions the steering wheel felt loose and the driver heard a clink noise while driving. The dealer later determined that one of the tie rods broke. The dealer replaced the tie rod, aligned the tires and balanced the tires.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 172003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
On two occasions steering wheel felt loose, and driver heard a "clink" noise while driving. Both times dealer found that the tie rod broke. Dealer replaced the tie rod, aligned, and balanced the tires.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #2

May 092003


  • 38,391 miles
When the consumer had the tires rotated the mechanic noticed that the front outer tie rods were loose and needed to be replaced.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 262002


  • miles
Vehicle was in for a routine check when mechanic noticed right front tie rod end was worn. Cause unknown.

- Brevard, NC, USA

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