Know What Tie Rod Ends Mean For Your Car

February 24th, 2017 by

Here at Gene Messer Kia, our service team works hard to ensure your vehicle continues to run at its best, at all times, while also doing what we can here on our blog to educate our drivers on the different vehicle components that help our cars run. Today, we’re talking tie rod ends and what they do, and what you need to know about them.

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 lose, 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 reach out to our service team here in Lubbock, as we’d be happy to answer your questions, or arrange a test drive today.

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