The repair of a vital portion of a vehicle’s steering gear replaces the tie rod end. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, it is better to have tie rod end replacement done by an expert mechanic.
What are Tie Rods?
The steering system consists of tie rods, steering column, steering wheel, and of course, the wheels. Tie rods are the parts that connect the steering box to the front wheels of your vehicle. Therefore, the tie rods help the steering box point the front tyres in the desired direction when you turn the steering wheel.
Tie rods are subject to much wear as they are used continuously while the car is in motion. Because of the change in suspension geometry, this wear can be increased if your vehicle is modified. Excessive wear can also be caused by road conditions, such as potholes and poorly maintained roadways.
Symptoms of a Bad Tie Rod End
- The steering wheel feels loose
- Vehicle feels vibrations
- The steering wheel is shaky or vibrates
- Abnormal sounds while driving
- Poor front end alignment
- Abnormal wear on the tyres
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How is Tie Rod End Replacement Done?
- The vehicle is lifted with a jack stand
- The wheel is removed, and the tie rod nut is cracked loose
- The steering knuckle’s outer tie rod end is detached
- The boot and then the inner tie rod ends are removed
- A new tie rod end is installed, and inserts the boot back into its place
- The new outer tie rod end is threaded back
- The outer tie rod end is connected back to the steering knuckle
- Replace the wheel and test if everything is fine
- Finally, front-end alignment is performed
Since your tie rods control the toe alignment angle, it is highly recommended to take your vehicle to the nearest automotive or tyre shop to have the front wheels aligned. This will ensure that your tyres wear evenly while driving with the torque to torque your lug nuts to factory specs. If you don’t feel comfortable performing this repair yourself, you can have a certified mechanic from Swezo come to your home or place of work for tie rod end replacement.