How Long Does a Tie Rod End Last? | YourMechanic Advice

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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Saturn Aura - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Royal Oak, Michigan
Claud is punctual, professional, and courteous. We have nothing to complain about, and will do more work with @YourMechanic in the future. We will be sure to ask for Claud..
Jeep Grand Cherokee - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer) - Royal Oak, Michigan
Claud is amazing! He cares about his job and does it very well. I won't let anyone else touch my vehicles.


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Jeep Patriot - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Right Inner, Front Right Outer) - Spring, Texas
Great job by Breck. This was my first time using Your Mechanic and I was blessed to get Breck. For a first timer, Breck’s warm personality and focus on the job inspired confidence. Looking forward to having him back for tune-up on the same vehicle later this week.
Nissan Pathfinder - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Right Inner, Front Right Outer) - Spring, Texas
Breck on-time, professional, communicated very well, and completed the requested work fantastically.


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Ford Fusion - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer, Front Right Outer) - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mike was very thorough with his work and explained everything that was recommended for safe operation of my vehicle. He went out of his way to do the job well.


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Honda Accord - Tie Rod End Replacement (Front Left Outer) - Stow, Ohio
Very knowledgeable and helpful. I appreciated how straight forward James was. You can tell he really cares about his work and helping you keep your car safe.

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