Your vehicle's steering system is likely made up of a pinion and rack. Within this system are tie rods, which play a role in moving the tires on your car. These tie rods are found on both of the steering rack ends.

Tie rod ends wear down over time thanks to the beating they take as you drive. In general, mechanics typically recommend that you have them inspected on a regular basis so that you don’t get to the point where they are badly damaged.

Are you suddenly starting to hear a strange knocking sound coming from your car in the front end? Do you feel it pulling to one side as you drive? If you answer yes to either of these questions, your tie rod end could be the culprit, and it could be time to replace it.

Here are some helpful tips to help you choose the correct tie rod end for your vehicle:

  • Start by getting a quote, or pricing for replacing the tie rods on both sides of the vehicle. This will ensure even wear and tear.

  • Within your quote, factor in the cost of an alignment. Mechanics will often end up recommending this step as well.

  • Inspecting and replacing a tie rod end is usually best left to the professionals. They can educate you on the different brands, and features that differentiate them.

YourMechanic supplies top-quality tie rod ends to our certified mobile technicians. We can also install a tie rod end that you've purchased. Click here to get a quote and more information on tie rod end replacement.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Tie Rod End and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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