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5 Signs it is Time for Tie Rod Replacement

Tie rods are a critical part of any automobile's steering system. Tie rods are on each front wheel, connecting every end of the steering rack to the steering knuckle. They make it possible to change direction while driving. If you do not replace your tie rods often, you may encounter serious challenges that can cause auto accidents.

Tie rods are essential for facilitating steering precision and overall stability while driving. They promote responsive steering, enabling you to navigate confidently. The rods are also an integral component of your vehicle's safety system. Any small failure in the steering linkage can result in loss of control, introducing a significant safety risk.

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Signs It’s Time for Tie Rod Replacement

The following are tell-tale signs it's time to get new tie rods for your vehicle:

1. Uneven Tire Wear

Inspect the tread of your tires for signs of irregular tire wear, especially on the inner and outer edges. Irregular tire wear could be a sign of loose tie rods that need to be checked prior to doing an alignment.

2. Knocking or Clunking Sounds

If you notice strange noises when turning or driving along a bumpy road, you may have damaged tie rod ends.

3. Excessive Looseness in Steering Wheel

Looseness in the steering wheel could indicate worn-out tie rods.

4. Visible Damage

Regularly check your steering rods for signs of wear. Any noticeable issues should warrant a closer examination.

5. Difficulty Steering

A sure sign that it's time to replace your tie rods is the inability or challenges in steering, especially at high speeds. This is dangerous because you can easily lose control of your vehicle.

Get Your Tie Rods Inspected Today at Custom Complete Automotive

At Custom Complete Automotive, our expert mechanics can carry out an in-depth visual inspection of your steering and suspension components to determine if your vehicle needs alignment or your tie rods need replacement. To learn more about our steering and suspension services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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