Got a wobbly tire? That's a hassle. But more than being a hassle, a wobbly tire can be dangerous. It can lead you to a vehicular collision or something worse. For that reason, you'll want to get to the bottom of the problem right away. A damaged or worn-out steering system component is the most probable culprit behind this. One of the most likely possibilities is a bad tie rod end. As you perhaps know, a tie rod end plays an important role in your ride's steering. That pretty much means that it contributes in keeping you safe on the road. And tie rod ends don't go bad without reason. If you regularly drive over potholes and the like, you shouldn't be surprised why one of your tie rod ends is damaged or worn out. In either case, you'll have to replace it. Now, you have a few good options in the market for a replacement. Let's see if a Replacement tie rod end is one of those.Features:
- OE replacement
- Can be greased
- Includes bearings with grease grooves (allows grease to flow easier and lubricate critical areas)
- Boasts of a forged and heat-treated housing
- Comes with a one-year unlimited-mileage warranty
We tested the product (we used two) on our ride. Below are our observations:The Good
- Steering improved with the Replacement tie rod ends. Steering also felt more natural with them as they produced just the right amount of preload and steering effort.
- As expected, the wobbliness was gone. The Replacement tie rod ends even slightly improved the stability of our ride.
- Since Replacement tie rod ends are made with OE specifications in mind, installation wasn't difficult at all. They fit nicely in our car.
- While a Replacement tie rod end isn't expensive, there are still cheaper alternatives out there. You could save a few dollars by opting for those.
- While an unlimited-mileage warranty sounds good, the one year coverage kind of kills it. It certainly could have been a bit longer.
A Replacement tie rod end is definitely a suitable replacement if your old one is already acting up. The product is a solid addition to your vehicle's steering system as it can somewhat improve both steering and stability. On top of that, installation didn't pose any problems--it was very straightforward, in fact. And although we said earlier that there were cheaper alternatives, a Replacement tie rod end isn't really that much pricier than those. The product gives your buck a lot of bang anyway, so it's all good.