Wondering if you vehicle have symptoms of bad tie rods? Read on to find out.
Tie rods connect the steering rack to the steering knuckle, which is a crucial component of your vehicle steering system. Tie rods help move your wheels when you steer, and they make turning your vehicle possible. Without tie rods, steering your vehicle would be impossible.
Tie rods are vulnerable to damage and wear because they are used every day. Damage to a tie rod can be caused by normal wear and tear, as well as accidents and potholes. Damage to a tie rod can have a range of effects, from mild to extreme. Below are some symptoms of a bad tie rods.
Symptoms of Bad Tie Rods
Uneven Tire Wear
A damaged tie rod can cause tire problems. If your tires show excessive wear on one side but not as much wear on the other, it’s probably a sign of a tie rod failing. It’s a good sign that the tie rods are working well if the tire wear is even. Make an appointment with a qualified technician if you have concerns about tire wear.
Front End Out Of Alignment
Tie rods keep your vehicle straight. Many different parts can cause your vehicle to come out of alignment, but a worn tie rod can cause the front end of the truck or bus to be out of alignment. If your vehicle isn’t handling well, it’s time to have a technician look at it.
Vibration in Steering Wheel
Vibration in steering wheel is one of the symptoms of bad tie rods. Steering problems can be a symptom of a loose or damaged tie rod because they link the steering wheel to the front wheels. As you accelerate or turn, the vibration will get worse. Don’t wait for your steering issues to get worse, get your bus or truck checked by a qualified technician as soon as you notice them.
If you hear clunking sound from the front of your truck or bus when turning, it can be a symptom of bad tie rods. In addition, if the tie rod becomes damage, dirt and debris can enter via the boot protecting side. This makes grinding sound as you steers. Don’t wait for the problem get worst, once your find out, get your vehicle checked by a qualified technician.
How long will tie rods last?
As you already know that tie rods are connected to your vehicle’s wheels and work together to keep your tires aligned to the direction you are driving.The average vehicle owner only has to replace tie rods maybe once in their entire vehicle’s life if they stick to that one bus or truck.
How much does it cost to fix a tie rod?
For parts cost, a tie rod end can cost anywhere from $30 to $100 while outer tie rod cost around $80 to $100. It takes about 1 hour to complete the installation. Treat this price as a guide. Always do your homework before paying.