What Are Tierod Ends and when to replace them?

by | Suspension

You may be curious about tie rod ends if your technician has recommended that you get new ones or if you have determined that it is time to replace the ones in your car. Luckily, the staff at Used Ford Parts is here to clarify this and provide information on the indicators that indicate it is time to repair the tire rod ends and boots on your car.

Why You Need Tie Rod Boots and Ends

The steering rack gearbox is connected to the steering knuckles through tie rods & tie rod end ball joints, allowing the driver’s steering input to be sent to the wheels. Adjustments to the steering alignment may also be accomplished by threading tie rods onto the steering rack. Rubber boots safeguard the ball joints. If the tie rod end ball joint boot is damaged, it may be possible to avoid replacing the complete joint. Let’s examine the warning signals of failing tie rod ends.

Warning Symptoms Associated with Tie Rod Ends

  • Wear patterns on your tires aren’t consistent; if your wheel camber is off, you may see the inner or outer treads of your tires wearing out faster than the remainder of the tread.
  • The steering seems a little sloppy; can you detect any lag between what you do with the wheel and how the tires respond? Again, this is a symptom of deteriorating tie rod ends and should not be ignored.
  • Do you hear a squealing sound when turning, possibly coming from the front of the car? This squeaking noise might be caused by worn ball joints, but it could also be the result of a broken tie rod.
  • Tie rod breaks; if you have severe steering issues, get your car checked out straight soon. Broken tie rods are a possible cause.