Tie Rod Ends

All cars and trucks use tie rods to connect the steering to the wheels. They are durable and require very little attention, but failure could mean loss of the ability to steer. Occasionally inspecting their condition can easily prevent a catastrophe.

Tie rods are flexible ball joints that allow steering and movement of the suspension. These joints turn and pivot so they always maintain connection between steering and wheels. Tie rods normally come in pairs, an inner and an outer. Threads normally connect the inner and outer tie rods. Turning the threads changes the distance between the two rod ends. This adjustment changes the angle to the tires attached and is one way we set wheel alignment.