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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tie Rod End
Common signs of a faulty tie rod end 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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I'm changing the inner tie rod end in my car and the part came with a hexagon washer and I was wondering where exactly is that put
The washer is a lock washer that is installed before the new tie rod is installed on the steering shaft. It is then bent over to hold the tie rod from backing out or loosening.
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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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What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.
Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...
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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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Ball joints and tie rod replacement
The front end suspension of a modern car has to be "tight" in order to be safe, work properly and, indeed, even to be aligned properly. If the ball joints and tie rod ends are loose, that means your tires...
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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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Front driver side tire moves side to side when jacked up
If you can move the tire in and out when on a jack then you may have a few different possible problems. The inner or outer tie rod ends may be worn. Your steering gear may also have worn bushings....
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Can I get cheap outer tie rods to last me one year
If you decide to get tie rods from an aftermarket supplier they should be good enough quality to last more than a year. They should meet or exceed factory specifications.
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I feel a thump anytime I hit the smallest dip in the road. I've been told that my control arm or tie end rod needs to be replaced.
Hi there. Raise up your vehicle and check the tie rod ends and the control arms and see if they are damaged or loose. Also check the strut tower and see if they are loose at the top of the...
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Why does my tie rod have a different thread than the parts I can get at the parts store for my 1986 Dodge Ramcharger
Hello. If the thread is different than the replacement it is more than likely because the center drag link that was installed was incorrect for the vehicle. Depending on the model of the vehicle it can have a coarse or...
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Will a bad steering rack or tie rod cause me to fail MOT?
Hello. Yes bad tie rods are a valid reason for a vehicle to fail MOT. The tie rods are part of the steering rack. The steering rack consist of two inner and two outer tie rods. Generally you will only...
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Replace all ball joints and tie rods
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of labor to replace all four ball joints and the tie rod ends on a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with a V8-4.7L engine.
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why is my steering wheel is not in the middle and hard to turn?
Hello. You may have an issue with your suspension or your tires. I suspect a suspension component because you mentioned that your steering wheel feels a little loose. A steering wheel should feel very responsive and it should not take...
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What is the torque required for a inner tie rod?
Hi there. The inner part of the tie rod (differential-to-drive axle flange nut) is torqued between 40 to 47 foot pounds. The outer part of the tie rod (tie rod end nut) is torqued between 31 to 42 foot pounds....
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Suspension woes.. power steering leaks, noises heard when driving
Hello, we will be happy to help you get rid of those woes. I'm assuming that the tire fell off which would cause a lot of damage especially to the side that contacted the ground. There's likely some broken or...
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replacing cv axle
Hello. On your particular vehicle you just have to replace the axle. Disconnecting things such as the tie rod and ball joint will make it easier to get the axle out of the way but it's really a to each...
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I hear a creaking/squeak kinda noise when turning my steering wheel
Hello, thank you for the video. If the noise occurs when the vehicle is sitting still like the video shows, then you are less worried about any suspension components, and you want to focus in on the tie rods, ball...
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Can the tie rods on a 2011 Nissan Juke be replaced without replacing the entire power steering system?
The tie rod ends for your vehicle, both the inner and the outer ends, are available for separate purchase. If you bought these tie rod ends yourself from an auto parts store, they're "roughly" $50 each or $200 in total...

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