There is not a car part that doesn’t decline naturally through periods of use. As such, even tie rod ends can develop issues. Knowing the indicators of when this part is on its way out means that you can handle the problem early before it becomes out of hand, or before its failure causes damage to other components. Below are signs to give u an early heads up.
There are many causes why your front end could be out of alignment. But, if there’s a persistent problem maintaining a good alignment on the front wheels, the source could really be a bad tie rod ends. The tie rods are being adjusted during an alignment, so if they’re not in good order this will have an impact and the vehicle won’t be able to preserve its proper alignment.
2. Tire Wear
When your vehicle is out of alignment, one of the telltale indicators is uneven tire wear. There will be this tendency toward excessive wear on the outside or inside of the tire, often to an excessive degree. If this occurs you should have the tie rod ends checked to be certain they’re in good condition.
3. Sagging Tires
Worn tie rod ends can’t give proper support to the wheels and tires either. As a result there will be a possibility for the tires to sag. It’s a very common sign of bad tie rod ends.
4. Loose Tie Rods
As the tie rods ends become, the entire tie rod will become loose, resulting in excessive play. A physical check of the amount of play in the tie rods will be able to tell you if there’s a problem you need to handle.
5. Shaking Steering Wheel
With a bad tie rod ends, the steering wheel will have problems keeping proper control or communication with the wheels. Thus the steering wheel can shake or vibrate as you drive. This will be most experienced when you’re turning the wheel to round a corner.
6. Vibrating Car
When the tie rods are completely bad, close to failing completely, the car itself will begin to vibrate. If the damage has gone this far, the steering wheel is at the verge of losing control of the wheels and the vibration is being caused by the tires shaking on their own. You may not feel this as much when you’re driving speed, but usually when turning the wheel or accelerating and decelerating will make the problem more noticable.
If your car has gotten to this stage of wear, take it in for repair immediately. Driving a vehicle in this condition is very dangerous.