Know What there is to Know About Tie Rod Ends

February 24th, 2017 by

At Pat Peck Kia, our service team likes to ensure you have as much knowledge as you can take when it comes to understanding your vehicle. That’s why we always like to use our blog to drop some knowledge on you. Today, we’re talking about one component that helps keep your steering straight: tie rod ends.

What is a tie rod end?

  • A tie rod end is part of the steering components in your vehicle, with an inner and outer end
  • It transmits force from the steering center link or rack gear to the steering knuckle, which causes the vehicle to turn
  • The outer tie rod end connects with an adjusting sleeve, which allows its length to be adjustable, and that adjustment is used to set a vehicle’s alignment angle
  • A tie rod end essentially helps keep your vehicle straight when you’re driving and turning, as it permits your vehicle to steer

When does my tie rod end need repair?

  • If your front end alignment is off, you might need to have your tie rod ends and other components checked, as worn down tie rods can cause the vehicle to fall out of alignment. You’ll know if the vehicle drifts left or right when it is pointed straight, or pulling in one direction
  • If your steering wheel shakes or feels loose, there’s a chance that a tie rod end could be wearing out, and begin to vibrate. Be sure to also have your suspension checked, as well
  • If you see uneven or excessive tire wear, that could be because a tie rod end is worn on one side, causing the tire to wear more than others

You can learn more when you stop in to see us here in D'Iberville where our service center would be happy to answer any questions and arrange an appointment for you today.

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