I was driving home and suddenly my car seized with a very loud metal-y sound and lost steering control. When I got out of the car, my front driver’s side tire was perpendicular to the car (and the rest of the tires) and the frame was resting on the tire. I had it towed to a local mechanic who said he could fix it. It turned out my rack was faulty (broken tie rod?) and I also needed new lower control arms.
When I started it for the first time after having it fixed, I noticed my air bag light was on. A few days later, I noticed my horn did not work. I took it back and they claimed it was an electrical issue and could not do it in their shop and would recommend another shop. Well, I thought that sounded odd, so I took it to another mechanic who figured it out in less than an hour and fixed it in about that same amount of time – my clock spring was broken.
The second mechanic was extremely helpful and explained what it was and how it breaks – his guess was that the steering wheel was not locked when the other mechanic fixed the rack. What I want to know is, is it possible that it broke when the rack faulted while I was driving or is it the fault of the first mechanic? Any ideas?