What is a Tie Rod End?
The tie rod end itself is a simple component that connects the steering rack to the front wheel’s steering knuckle. There is usually an adjusting sleeve placed between the outer and inner tie rod ends. When you rotate the steering wheel, the tie rod end transmits energy through the steering components until your tie rod pulls or pushes the wheel-tire assembly. To put it simply, it makes your vehicle’s wheel turn properly.
The outer tie rod ends hide a few internal components. These ends have several parts that can become defective, usually due to extensive wear from handling. In all there is: an outer shaft that passes energy to the ball stud, a housing for bearings that help to compensate for road bumps, grease fittings that promote efficient bearing spin, bushing that protects parts from road debris, a bolt that connects the steering knuckle, and an inner tie rod end that connects to the housing.
As you can tell, there are several components of the tie rod end that can become defective over time. If you know or think you may be in need of replacement, come into Travers Premier Auto & Tire Service. We will know exactly what you need, and we will be able to get it for you!
Warning Signs of a Faulty Tie Rod
There are four primary warning signs of faulty tie rod ends:
- Uneven tire tread wear – outside or inside of the front tires show early wear signaling faulty wheel camber due to defective tie rod ends
- Steering loss – when a tie rod breaks, steering loss also happens
- Loose steering wheel – shaky or clunky steering is evidence of a disconnection between the steering system and the wheel-tire assembly
- Squealing noise from the front while cornering, usually described as a high-pitched shriek
Schedule Auto Service & Repairs at One of Our Shops in St. Louis
If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of faulty tie rod ends, do not put off service. It can become a serious safety concern. Schedule an appointment at one of our two locations in the St. Louis metro and we will get you back on the road in no time. You can easily find us from St. Charles, St. Peters, Chesterfield, or Clayton.