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 steering rack. As the pinion rolls over the slotted rack, they push and pull the front tires and you turn the steering wheel. Tie rods support and transmit this force from the steering rack, to the arm, and ultimately move the wheel.

Tie rod ends are used every time you use your steering wheel, so they can go bad over time due to wear and tear. In some vehicles, they can last for many years, while in other vehicles they may not have to be replaced at all. Driving conditions and hazards such as poor road conditions, car accidents, and potholes can cause damage to the tie rod ends, causing them to need replacing sooner than if the road conditions were perfect.

It is important to get your tie rod ends inspected on a regular basis. Along with that, if you suspect your tie rod ends are going bad, they will give off a few warning signs that you can also be on the lookout for. One of the most noticeable signs your tie rod ends need to be replaced is a knocking sound coming from the front of your car when you turn your wheels at a low speed.

Once the mechanic inspects your vehicle and determines your tie rod ends do need to be replaced, both the right and left side need to be replaced at the same time. Additionally, an alignment needs to be done to ensure your vehicle will drive smoothly.

Since the tie rod ends can fail, you should be aware of all the symptoms they give off before they completely stop working.

Signs your tie rod ends need to be replaced include:

  • Your car pulls to one side while you are driving

  • The tires have uneven wear on the edges

  • A knocking sound when you maneuver tight turns

Have a certified mechanic replace the failing tie rod end to eliminate any further problems with your vehicle.


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Chuck

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10 years of experience
BMW 328i xDrive L6-3.0L - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Inner, Front Right Inner, Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Allen, Texas
I was glad i had Chuck come over to work on my car. He was very professional. He encountered several unexpected issues while performing the job due to frozen parts but he knows exactly what to do and how to do it. He suggested me additional details and information regarding some other issues to be taken care of as well. It’s definitely worth every penny we spent on this job. Thanks chuck.
Nissan Maxima - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Inner, Front Right Inner, Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Lewisville, Texas
Second time we’ve had Chuck work on our vehicle. Wont hesitate to have him out again for other repairs.

Collins

12 years of experience
488 reviews
Collins
12 years of experience
Nissan Versa Note L4-1.6L - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Atlanta, Georgia
Collins arrived on time and was very professional. He was honest, patient and answered all of my questions This is my first time using this service and I am very pleased. I would use it again and have already recommended it to my family.
Pontiac G6 - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Atlanta, Georgia
Collins is easy to be around. I kept him company and chatted him out. He responedd very kindly to me

Bryant

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Bryant
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Hyundai Accent L4-1.6L - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Indianapolis, Indiana
He did a great job as always , he even looked at a new to us car before he left to give us his opinion. Thanks so much

Corey

17 years of experience
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Corey
17 years of experience
Honda Pilot V6-3.5L - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Charlotte, North Carolina
Corey always goes above and beyond expectations! He has been a repeat mechanic on both of my vehicles since I joined YourMechanic, going on three years now.

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