The most noticeable symptom of a bad tie rod is a knocking sound coming from the front end of the vehicle when driving slowly and making a sharp turn. Turning into a parking spot often results in this symptom. More »

Diagnose a broken or malfunctioning tie rod by excessively shaking the steering wheel, listening for vibration inside the cabin, listening for hissing sounds when pressure is applied to the vehicle and a loud "clunk" whe... More »

To determine the end of the side of the tie rod end that is bad, Know Your Parts says to grasp both ends by hand and push up and down. A pry bar should not be used for this inspection. Any free play indicates wear of the... More »

The most noticeable symptoms of bad tie rod ends include wobbly steering wheel, uneven tire wear and a clanking sound emanating from the front end of an automobile. Tie rods are a major component of a vehicle's steering ... More »

Some things that cause a vehicle's front end to make a clunking noise are worn ball joints, a damaged tie rod, broken or loose sway-bar links, hard or damaged shocks, and faulty shock mounts. An automotive professional c... More »

Diagnose a broken or malfunctioning tie rod by excessively shaking the steering wheel, listening for vibration inside the cabin, listening for hissing sounds when pressure is applied to the vehicle and a loud "clunk" whe... More »

To determine the end of the side of the tie rod end that is bad, Know Your Parts says to grasp both ends by hand and push up and down. A pry bar should not be used for this inspection. Any free play indicates wear of the... More »