I also had a broken sway bar (right rear) -- they kept the car and gave me a loner 'til they got the right part in stock. They were originally shipped the wrong part in the right box.
Same thing was bugging me too -- it is NOT being too picky; suppose you go to service writer (who admittedly sometimes are pretty thick themselves) claiming "I got a busted tie rod". Well, they will FREAK OUT, because you would have little or no ability to STEER. They then find out from tech that it was a busted stabilizer link, and think "Nut case customer doesn't know his _ _ _ from a hole in the ground..."DaleB said:I believe that's a stabilizer link, if a tie-rod broke you might not be here to write your story. Sorry, didn't mean to get too picky.
Maybe it should be thicker, but if really 'under engineered' it should be breaking on a lot more MDXs unless they had a bad batch which is more likely.
That is generally the "standard" for critical safety items...DaleB said:Given all that, hopefully their acceptance criteria for tie-rods is more stringent than it is for stabilizer links.
...I was more concerned about giving folks a "heads-up" that this is NOT a critical safety item.jst4fun said:Here's the deal on my busted "tie Rod". Since reading the posts here I got my invoice and you all are correct, it was not the tie rod. It was the left rear Linkage Arm, just like in the picture. In fact if any one cares, here's the part number: 52325-S3V-003. My service Tech first called it the Tie rod and I did'nt check the part description. Untill now. Thanks to all. I'am still bummed, but at least I'm not alone. Renov8r, The customer does'nt have to know his ___ from a hole in the wall because in the final analysis it's up to the service tech to find and correct the problem.
This is a good point, and brings out the advantage of members putting the year of their MDX in the signature information block.jst4fun said:My X is an 02. Have not heard of any TSBs yet.