Steering: Loose Tie Rods

Loose tie rods.

A. The tie rods ball stud can wear in its socket resulting in excessive free play and changes in toe. Raise the vehicle and rock the sides of the tire back and forth to check for loose tie rod ends.

B. A loose tie rod sleeve can be dangerous. Use a special tie rod tool when turning the sleeve on parallel linkage systems to prevent any damage.

C. The connection to the steering knuckle can become damaged or out of round resulting in a loose connection. Aluminum steering knuckles can become oval shaped from striking this part with a hammer. It’s best to use a special tie rod removal tool when removing tie rods.

D. Inner tie rods found on rack and pinion steering systems will wear and become loose at the ball and socket. Rock the tire back and forth and notice any movement.