The tie rod is a part of the steering mechanism in a vehicle. A tie rod consists of an inner and outer end. The tie rod transmits force from the steering centre link or rack gear to the steering knuckle. This will cause the wheel to turn. The outer tie rod end connects with an adjusting sleeve, which allows the length of the tie rod to be adjustable. This adjustment is used to set a vehicles alignment angle.
The most common signs of bad tie rod ends are: vehicle pulling to one side during operation, uneven tire wear, shaking, vibration, looseness, or a wandering or erratic feel to the steering of the vehicle, and squeaking noises coming from the front end of the vehicle.
If a tie rod end fails completely, a driver will lose the ability to steer and control the vehicle. Regular inspections of the tie rod ends and replacing them when it is either advised or as symptoms start to occur are recommended. It is also recommended to have an alignment performed or at least checked once these parts are replaced.
Prevents excessive tire wearing
Reduces the chances of front suspension problem
Tie Rod Ends ES-2056
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