Bad tie-rod ends result in feathered patterns developing in the tires as they wear. With the vehicle suspended on a rack, a service technician is able to move the wheels back and forth when the joints are bad. More »

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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 »

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 »

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 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 »

Play in the steering wheel, often called a loose steering wheel, may be caused by loose ball joints, worn tie rod ends or a loose steering box. If those things check out, play in the steering wheel may be caused by worn ... 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 »