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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tie Rod End
Common signs include a front end alignment that is off, a shaky or loose steering wheel, and uneven or excessive tire wear.
How Often Should the Steering System Be Inspected?
It’s usually better to fix an automotive problem early than to wait until it causes more damage or even an accident. And that general principle applies to the steering system. Luckily, periodic inspection and...
How to Buy a Good Quality Tie Rod End
Your vehicle's steering system is likely made up of a pinion and rack. Within this system are tie rods, which play a role in moving the tires on your car. These tie rods...
What Components of the Suspension or Steering Systems Are Prone to Fail?
In automotive usage, the term "suspension" refers to all of the parts that connect the vehicle to the road. Every car, truck, and utility vehicle has a suspension that is designed to do...
How Long Does a Tie Rod End Last?
The tie rod end is located in your vehicle’s steering system. Most modern vehicles use a rack and pinion system. The tie rod ends are attached to the ends of the...
How Do Modern Cars Steer?
Most people who have been inside of a car are familiar with the steering wheel and what it is used for. Most people who have been outside of a car are familiar with the...
How to Replace Tie Rod Ends
The tie rods are just one of many components in your steering system. The steering system consists of a steering wheel, steering column, a steering gear,...
How to Check a Front End Assembly
If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with your car. Depending on the vehicle, your front end...

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Is changing the inner and outer tie rods for my car worth 680 dollars?
As you may know, various auto repair shops have varying labor rates depending on the skill and availability of the mechanics involved. The part prices also can fluctuate drastically depending on the shop's parts supplier price negotiations. For this reason,...
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Hard braking causes steering wheel to shake
It seems that you may be correct. I am here to help and hopefully find your issue. Find a road where you can get up to around 30-40 miles per hour and lightly press on the brakes. Press on them...
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I had the tie rods and upper control arms replaced on my truck and it still squeaks.
This may be related to the stabilizer bar. A stabilizer bar is a steel bar that connects suspension components on opposite wheels. Its purpose is to combat body roll when a car makes a turn. It is also known as...
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Popping/clicking when turning left and or right from a stopped or a slow moving position
Hi there: One of the common mistakes made when people add suspension lift kits onto a 4WD is they forget to add a steering stabilizer stop. Trucks and SUVs with larger aftermarket tires and wheels require the use of a...
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Tie Rod End Replacement
Hello, It sounds like the rack and pinion may have been damaged during the process of replacing the tie rods. If you are leaking power steering fluid, I would recommend having the rack and pinion checked. It is also very...
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Clunking/popping sound while turning and going over bumps
Hello. It sounds like you may be having an issue with one of your outer tie rods. The outer tie rods connect the power steering system to the wheels. These tie rods are ball joints but they are not the...
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Steering Wheel Locked, Leaking Power Steering Fluid
If your steering is not working properly, I believe it would be due to the major power steering fluid leak. In order to resolve this issue the power steering fluid system must be functioning properly. Once this has been done,...
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Im not sure if its the tie rods that are bad or if its the cv axle... it doesnt click or anything
Typically, if you feel "slack" in the steering, the rack and pinion (or other "steering gear") unit is worn but the tie rod ends (inner and/or outer) could be implicated as well. Vibration or shuddering on application of the brakes...
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Do I need a new outer tie rod?
Hi there. The inspection station is, or should be, physically checking your steering linkage for excessive play. It could be the outer tie-rod end does have play that exceeds specification. This is something you may not feel when driving your...
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Noise when turning
Among the possibilities are the strut bearings, strut mounts, the strut itself, the outer cv axle joints, and/or any suspension component, such as a tie rod end, ball joint, sway bar mount, or suspension bushing that is loose or worn,...
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Tie rods
The tie rods used on the rear wheel drive version versus the four wheel drive version of the truck are completely different. Insofar as the axle, the cataloging shows a difference in tie rod, depending on whether the axle is...
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Popping noise when turning the car
Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There are 2 main causes for this popping sound. First off, your tie rod end needs to be replaced. A quick check for this is if you notice that when you turn...
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The steering wheel is shaking when driving at slow speeds
Steering wheel shaking could be caused by a couple of things. Check the condition of the front tires for uneven tread wear and how much tread is left. Having the tires balanced and aligned may resolve the issue. If not,...
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My steering system is making noises, I don't know what the problem is
Perform a dry park steering check. Put the vehicle on a flat surface and have someone turn the wheels left and right quickly. While they are doing that, take a flashlight and look at the steering linkages under the vehicle....
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Torn lower ball joints and torn tie rods - 2006 Nissan Sentra
Hi there. Unfortunately, diagnosing what type of service may have been performed by a different mechanic without physically inspecting the vehicle is difficult, as is knowing how long your vehicle can be driven with worn out ball joints and tie...
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How many labor hours are required to replace the inner and outer tie rods
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The inner and outer tie rods on your vehicle can take up to some time. The dealership will change out the tie rod ends and then perform a vehicle alignment, so the time there...
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I have really bad shaking in my tires when I drive between 20 and 70 mph
Several things could be causing the shake you're experiencing: tires out of balance, defective/worn tires, worn struts, worn control arm bushings, worn tie rods, wheel bearings starting to fail, the list goes on. Start by having a local service center...
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Brake system is not working properly.
Hello there, you have several different faults going on with your 1997 Nissan Altima. The brakes not working properly is a large problem and the vehicle should not be driven until the brakes are in proper working order. If the...
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Loose tie rod
Hello, when you have shaking or loose feel in steering wheel that is a serious matter. The front suspension should be inspected completely. This involves lifting the vehicle up off the ground and doing a series of tests including load...
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Why does the suspension move around when I stop my vehicle?
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Check the tie rod end and make sure that it is secured tight. Check the surrounding suspension around the tie rod end and see if anything is loose. Check the brakes and see...

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