Tie rods connect the steering linkage to the wheels, making it impossible to drive a vehicle with a broken tie rod. Vehicle owners should have tie rods inspected regularly, and replaced if worn, to prevent loss of steeri... More »

The term "loose tie rods" indicates a set of worn components of the steering system of a vehicle. Tie rods are flexible couplings that connect the steering knuckles to the steering linkage. While tie rods often last for ... More »

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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 »

Rack-and-pinion steering translates the rotational motion of the steering wheel into linear motion by using a round pinion gear at the end of the steering column and a toothed rack that connects to the tie rods to move t... 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 »

A knocking sound when applying the brakes could indicate different problems, such as loose calipers, bad shock absorbers, worn constant velocity joints and failing tie rods. There are telltale signs that help identify th... More »

To replace a vehicle's brake light switch, locate the switch on the brake pedal linkage and disconnect the wiring harness. Remove the old switch and replace it with a new one. More »