Information - Track Rod End

The tie rod end of any vehicle is involved in the transfer of turn intension from the steering device directly to the wheels. The tie rod end has a left and, respectively, a right thread. Turning the rod allows you to change its length and thereby to adjust the toe-in. Tie rod ends and the pitman arm must be securely fastened with screws and spring washers.

The tie rod ends are fixed in a certain position by two tie bolts, compressing the split threaded part of the end. One end of the rod is threaded to the right and the other end – to the left. Respectively, the hinge ends have different threads too. This allows you to change the length of the tie rod when adjusting the angle of toe-in, without removing it from the vehicle.

You should also regularly check the condition of the dust protection cuffs of the tie rod ends. A cracked cuff will let dirt and moisture into the tie rod knuckle. As a result, the knuckle crashes. A tie rod end with damaged dust protection cuffs should be replaced entirely, because it is not possible to buy a cuff separately, as a spare part.

If you need to replace the tie rod end, do not waste time for shopping or garages. You will only waste time and significantly overpay for the necessary part. Come to our online store without leaving your home or office. We offer to our customers a wide range of tie rod ends for any car brand. Order the necessary part at an affordable price, and we will deliver it in a short time. Apart from tie rod ends, you can also find in our online store other replacement parts, like damper bearings, spark plugs, flywheels or wheel brake cylinders.

What is necessary to know about tie rod end replacement: lifetime limits, common defects and their signs, tips and recommendations

Lifetime limit of the tie rod ends is about 40 000 – 70 000 operational kilometers. Their useful lifetime depends on many factors, particularly, from quality of the road surface and driving style.

One of the most common defects of the component is abrasive wear and corrosion of the ball joint.

Moreover, the tie rod ends are apt to mechanical damages, for example, at run over an obstacle.

Specific signs of tie rod end defects are: increased free movement of the steering wheel, worsening of car road-holding ability. Furthermore, knocking in the front suspension part at cornering and driving on a rough road can also indicate breakdown of the tie rod end.

Unsupervised diagnostics of the component includes only visual inspection of dust boot condition. To do so, the car should be mounted on a servicing pit, set on the parking brake and its ignition turned off. Then, you need to inspect the dust boot for damages presence. For more detailed diagnostics you need to visit a service station.

It is recommended to entrust replacement of the tie rod ends to car service station specialists, as some difficulties during component dismounting may occur. The car is being set on the parking brake, lifted with the help of a lifting platform, and its front wheels are demounted. If connections of demounted parts are significantly soiled, they are being cleaned and treated with a special rust preventer. Then the fastener, with the help of which the steering tie rods are connected to the steering knuckle arm, are unscrewed. After it remove the tie rod end. During dismounting, quantity of full rotation of the part should be counted or the length of loose part – measured. This will help to  install a new component properly during assembling.

It is advised to replace the joints of the tie rod by a kit: left and right. It is also necessary to check and adjust wheel alignment angles after installation of new parts at a service station.

Our customers ask

How to replace tie rod ends without wheels angles alignment? How to know that it is time to replace them?

It is impossible to replace the tie rod ends without wheels alignment. It is necessary to adjust wheels alignment angles after installation of new parts to make the car run properly. Precise adjustment is possible only on a special stand. That is why it is advised to entrust replacement of the tie rod ends to professionals. You can understand that time for new parts installation has come by the following signs:

  • free play and vibration of the steering wheel;
  • strange sounds during driving;
  • uneven wear-out of tyres.

What brand of tie rod ends are better to install on your car?

It is better to install the tie rod ends of one of the following companies on your car: Febi Bilstein, Lemförder, Metzger, A.B.S., Mapco, Stark Professional Line, Delphi, Moog, Sidem, Meyle, Ridex, Ruville, Swag, Topran, Fortune Line, Monroe, NK, Sasic and Triscan, TRW. Their production is notable for high quality and reliability, which is proven by numerous positive feedbacks on the Internet and leading positions in many ratings. Our specialists will help you to select the most suitable tie rod ends for your very car: they will choose the components in accordance with technical requirements and operational conditions of the vehicle.

How to check tie rod ends?

It is possible to check the tie rod ends yourself using our recommendations. First, try to turn the steering wheel to the both sides at shut off engine. Appearance of knocking indicates defectiveness of the steering control components. After this, set the car on a servicing pit or ramp or lift with the help of a jack. Ask an assistant to turn the steering wheel both sides and follow tie rod end yourself in that time. Often, free play is easily noticeable visually. Also you can unload the corresponding axle by jacking the car, hold the tie rod end with your hand and try to rock the wheel with the other hand at the same time. If free play is noticeable during this, then, the part probably should be replaced.

What signs indicate defectiveness of tie rod ends?

Defectiveness of the tie rod ends is usually indicated by strange knocking in the suspension, which increases during driving on the rough road or maneuvering: it points out appearance of free play in the joint coupling. Also breakdown of the parts may be indicated by worsening of vehicle handling, wobbling of the steering wheel during driving on roads with the poor-quality surface or braking, inclining of the car from straightforward movement and other signs. We already told about how to detect free play in the tie rod end answering the question about inspection of the rod ends.

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