Tie Rod : The tie rod is 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. There are two types of tie rods, inner and outer. The inner tie rod is in the rack n pinion or attaches to the inner part of the steering while the outer tie rod connects to the spindles.
When there is a problem with the tie rods, 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 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 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.