TIE ROD END
Tie Rod End : The tie rod ends are part of the steering mechanism connecting the rack n pinion or steering gearbox to the front spindles. The design uses a ball in socket joint allowing the joint to flex with the turning of the wheel as well as the up and down movement with the suspension. The tie rod end usually means it is an outer tie rod.
When there is a problem with the tie rod end, your vehicle typically will make noises when turning. They can also make noises when you go over bumps in the road. A noticeable “clunking” or “squeaking” sound may be heard or a swaying feel may be felt during steering when the tie rod end fails.
Warning signs of tie rod end failures may start when the dust cover breaks allowing grease to come out of the part and allowing water and dirt to get into it. A simple front end inspection can determine the condition of the tie rod ends and let you know when they should be replaced.
Ignoring tie rod end or other steering / suspension problems can lead to a wheel becoming unconnected from the vehicle. This can even cause an auto accident.
Guy’s Automotive performs all types of steering, font suspension and rear suspension repairs. If you hear sounds from your steering or suspension, bring in your car for an inspection today.