Tie-rod bushes are the parts that wear out quickly, and you can tell when they’re done because they make a squeaky sound when you spin the steering wheel to the worn-out tie-direction.
Tie rods fail after 100,000 kilometers, and motorists are advised to replace the tie rod ends as a whole. After replacing the tire rods, align the front wheels to ensure that the chamber and castor are set to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Signs that your tie-rod are broken
The vehicle pulls to the affected wheel’s side
One way to detect if a tie rod is worn out is if it causes the vehicle’s wheels to become out of alignment, causing the car to drift to the left or right when the vehicle is pointed straight.
If the steering vibrates at high speeds
When driving on the highway, vibrations are conveyed to the steering column due to steering play caused by worn tie-rods. Vibrations from a worn-out tie rod end can start at speeds as low as 30 km/h and gradually intensify as the car accelerates.
This could potentially suggest a misaligned tire/wheel combination or a broken suspension component. If you experience this symptom, have a trained mechanic analyze the entire front end to figure out what’s causing it and repair the parts that are causing it.
Tire wear that is uneven and extreme
Request that your mechanic inspect your front tires for uneven wear during your routine car servicing. If the inner or outer parts of the tires are worn out, the car is out of alignment, which could be caused by worn out tie-rod ends, which mess up the suspension and steering geometry.
Any vehicle’s tie-rod ends give stability and allow it to move smoothly along the road, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and make sure they’re replaced as soon as possible to safeguard your and your family’s safety.