Tie Rod End

Tie Rod End

When you drive your car you expect your wheels and tires to stay straight unless you turn the steering wheel. This capability is provided and sustained by several components in the suspension system, especially the tie rod end. Tie rod ends are used in the steering linkage, steering knuckle pivot supports, and various hinge mechanisms. They connect the center link to the steering knuckle on cars with ordinary suspension systems and recirculating ball steering gears. Together with the ball joints, tie rod ends make sure the car steers left and right at the same time it is hitting bumps and potholes that might cause the wheel to travel up and down.

In order to be effective, the steering system has to turn the wheels at the same rate and along the same plane in any condition. The tie rod and the ball joint will see to it that the wheels are held firmly.  The sleeve joins the inner and outer tie rod ends together and allows for adjustment when the front wheels are aligned. The outer tie rod ends are connected to the steering knuckle that actually turns the front wheels. The steering knuckle has an upper and lower ball joint that it pivots on and creates the geometry of the steering axis. It consists of an inner and outer end. The inner tie rod ends are attached to either end of the center link and are served as pivot points for the steering gear.

Like any other mechanical part, a worn out tie rod end will display a few warning signs or indicators that the part is failing and needs to be replaced. Tie rod ends can wear out due to: constant impact, use on bumpy roads, age. A worn tie rod can result to abnormal wear patterns on the tires, wandering and erratic steering. Frequently, the part that wears out in the tie rod end is actually the bushing. When it wear out or fails, you'll notice a few warning signs that should be inspected by a certified mechanic and replaced if needed. A few of the symptoms indicating a worn Tie Rod End include: front end alignment is off, steering wheel shakes or feels loose and uneven and excessive tire wear

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