How Do You Tell If Your Tie Rods Are Going Bad?

When should Inner tie rods be replaced?

You can pretty much determine if the inner tie rod needs replacing once the outer tie rod is disconnected from the steering knuckle.

Just try moving the tie rod assembly in and out from the steering rack, and if there’s slop, replace the inner tie rod..

How much does it cost to replace a tie rod end?

Most tie rods will cost between $40 and $120 with inner tie rods more expensive than outers. Some cars have tie rods sold as an assembly where inner and outer tie rods are sold together as an “assembly”. Labor to replace tie rods will run between $45 and $85 depending if the inner or outer tie rod is changed.

How much does tire alignment cost?

How much does an alignment cost? A front-end alignment usually costs between $65 and $100 (some brands, of course, are more). At that price, it should be a regular part of your car care regime. To make an alignment even more economical, some car care facilities offer lifetime alignment packages for around $200.

What happens when tie rods go bad?

If the tie rod end goes bad and loosens, the parts of the suspension will also loosen and cause vibrations and shakes which can be felt in the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion. These steering wheel vibrations worsen as the car accelerates and when turning corners.

Is a bad tie rod dangerous?

In the worst case scenario when a tie rod completely fails, the wheel will break free of the steering assembly which then causes the vehicle to lose the ability to steer. At the first sign of any wear to the tie rods, steering is already at risk and the vehicle is not safe to drive.