There are few vehicle functions more important than steering. Whenever you utilize your steering wheel, you are also engaging the tie rods on your vehicle. In a typical car, tie rods attach the steering gear to the steering knuckle and are also a critical component to your vehicle’s suspension.

Because of tie rods’ importance to your steering functionality, it is crucial to recognize when there may be an issue. There are a few warning signs that your tie rods are compromised:

  • Wandering steering wheel

If your tire rods are worn out, it may feel as though your steering wheel has a mind of its own. If your vehicle’s handling appears to weaken, take note. While it may not be dramatic, subtle steering wheel wandering warrants an inspection.

  • Uneven tire wear

Notice that your tire treads are worn? Perhaps one tire is more worn than the other? While this could indicate a tire alignment issue, it could also be a symptom of a loose tie rod that needs to be addressed.

  • Unusual noises

When tie rods begin to fail, the symptom you are likely to experience first is vibration or a shaking sensation in your steering wheel. In some instances of a tie rod issue, you may hear sharp sounds or thuds from your front wheels when turning your vehicle. In this case, it is best to take your vehicle in for an inspection.

If your vehicle is in need of a tie rod repair, Woodbury’s Original Auto Works is here to help. Give us a call today!