Let’s talk about tie rod ends. Is this the first time you’ve heard of them? That’s okay. They’re one of the many unsung heroes in your European vehicle. To put it simply, tie rod ends are the connection between your vehicle’s front-wheel steering rack and steering knuckle and you have one on each front wheel. 610AutoHaus are tie rod experts, so keep reading to learn more.
You likely never think about how your wheels actually turn when you steer, and tie rods are a crucial component to your steering system that facilitates the action. Your wheels are equipped with inner and outer tie rod ends, and these ends pull or push the wheel to make it turn depending on the direction you’d like to go. A failing end can prevent the wheel from turning, so it’s important to maintain your tie rod ends to maintain optimal vehicle safety.
Signs of Trouble
Your vehicle will give you a clue that there might be something wrong with the tie rod ends. Common signs of tie-rod failure include
- Tires that wear down unevenly
- High-pitched squeals in the front when you turn
- Loose feeling steering wheel
- Steering loss
- Pulling to one side
If you experience any these of issues, bring your vehicle in and we’ll take a look at it. It isn’t hard to detect bad tie rod ends. We’ll jack your car up and have a look underneath the wheels to inspect the tie rod ends. If that’s what’s wrong, we can fix it for you. If it’s something else, we can fix that, too. Depending on the issue, it could cost you anywhere from $70 to $200 to replace your tie rod ends, but you can prevent this repair bill altogether.
When you bring your European vehicle in for preventative maintenance per its scheduled service recommendations, one thing we will do at the proper time is grease the tie rod ends. This keeps the ends clean, lubricated and functioning at their best, which reduces wear and tear. If you care for your tie rod ends properly, you may never have to replace them, so it’s worth the maintenance visit. You’ll spend less money in the end.
We are 610AutoHaus, European auto service and repair experts, and we are located in Pottstown, PA. If you’d like to set up an appointment for us to inspect your tie rod ends, call us at 610-427-4505. We’d be happy to take a look and recommend service or repair.