Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: lost control of one wheel. on the left. seems broken

asked by on

Sudden loss of control to the steering . specicifically on the left front wheel.. vehicle now inoperable
My car has an automatic transmission.

It sounds like you had a tie rod ball joint break or another ball joint break. You will have to have the vehicle towed to a shop for inspection, or to a safe area where a mobile mechanic can inspect and repair the steering issue. Depending on the broken joint, and any additional damage that has been done, this will dictate the repairs needed to fix the car.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clunking noise from front of car when driving slowly or turning slowly

Hi there. Most clunking sounds, especially while turning, are attributed to worn out bearings or bushings - especially CV joints, tie rod ends, and also stabilizer bar joints. Not sure why it would only happen while it is hot outside,...

Q: Air conditioning not running after disconnecting battery

The AC in your car is controlled by its own computer. There are 50 wires going to it. For a proper diagnostic a scan tool would be needed to check for codes, in this module, and all the others. It...

Q: Unsure of mechanic's advice

Nothing you have described is an emergency. However, your general supposition is correct in that the repairs should be made at an early opportunity. Cars are complex mechanical devices. What happens in practice is if you don't keep up on...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...