Tie Rod Assembly
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When driving, it's hard to steer clear of dangerous situations when your steering assembly's being erratic. The moment your steering wheel takes on a life of its own, inspect your steering system for damage. And if your steering woes are rooted in a bad tie rod, replace this component using a quality Tie Rod Assembly. A tie rod is a slender metal unit that joins your steering arms together. By linking your pitman and idler arms to your steering knuckle arms, this rod allows the proper transfer of force from your rack gear or steering center link to your steering knuckle. Thus enabling your wheels to turn based on your steering wheel's movement. To get your wheels to move in the right direction, your tie rod ends push and/or pull your wheels. That way, you won't have trouble staying in full control of your ride's movement. Now that you've got a broken tie rod in your ride, you're probably experiencing excessive tire wear, poor steering, and wheel wandering. You've all but lost complete control over your car. The good news is that you can easily put a stop to these annoying and potentially dangerous problems. All you have to do is replace your worn tie rod/s using a quality Tie Rod Assembly. To get the best deals on topnotch, replacement tie rods, get your new tie rod set from Auto Parts Warehouse. Our site offers top-quality tie rods that can restore your steering system's lost power. Find the best tie rod for your ride at our catalog today!
What to Consider When Buying a Tie Rod Assembly
Equipping your ride with a high-quality tie rod assembly ensures smoother steering performance. But with so many options out there, figuring out the good ones from the bad can be tricky. To help you find the best tie rod assembly for your vehicle, consider these factors:
Location (passenger or driver side, Pitman to passenger, or knuckle to knuckle)
A tie rod assembly, which consists of a tie rod and its connecting parts, can be found in different areas of the steering system. This is because it serves as a link between moving parts such as the steering components found on the passenger and driver sides, the steering knuckles, and the Pitman arm. When shopping for a tie rod assembly, figure out its location since a tie rod set for the passenger side has different specs when compared to one that connects the knuckles.
Basically, a greasable assembly has to be lubricated whenever you do an oil change, while a non-greasable set doesn't need frequent lubrication. If you want a low-maintenance assembly, a non-greasable type is the perfect choice.
Aluminum - Aluminum tie rod parts may not be as durable as their steel counterparts, but these components are more tensile. This means they have a better ability of going back to their original shape after being exposed to pressure.
Steel - As for a steel tie rod assembly, it's quite durable and provides longer-lasting performance compared to an aluminum-based set. However, its parts are prone to corrosion and are less flexible.
Carbon fiber - Carbon fiber resists tension better than steel, but not so much when it comes to compression. A carbon-fiber made tie rod assembly is also very lightweight, making it perfect for those who are after speed.
Other factors to consider
You also need to factor in the application for the tie rod assembly. Will you be using it on a regular vehicle, a street car, or a racing car? For heavy-duty driving needs, we suggest that you choose a steel assembly since it's durable and affordable. Product fit is also an important factor; for easier installation, go for an OE assembly since this is designed to fit your perfectly match your car's specs. As for prices, a complete tie rod assembly can cost anywhere between $40+ and $100+, giving you plenty of budget-friendly options. To get the more value for your money, always go for an assembly that's from a reliable manufacturer.
How to Install a Tie Rod Assembly
A worn-out tie rod assembly can cause poor steering control and uneven tire wear. When left unchecked, it could put extra pressure on other steering components, leading to more car trouble. To prevent the situation from getting worse, replace it immediately. Don't know how? Then check out the steps below:
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Hydraulic jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Cotter pins
- Pickle fork
Step 1: Jack up your car using a hydraulic jack and support each side with a jack stand.
Step 2: Remove the front wheels by unbolting the lug nuts.
Step 3: Loosen the outer tie rod end by sliding off the cotter pin from the holding nut. Remove the holding nut by using the right-sized wrench and turning it counterclockwise.
Step 4: Separate the inner tie rod end from the center link by driving the pickle fork into the joint.
Step 5: Set aside the outer and inner tie rod ends. Take note of which bolt was removed from where for easier reinstallation.
Set 6: Thread the new tie rod assembly into the sleeve by following the original layout. Be careful not to puncture the dust boot and sleeve. Don't let the tie rod ends rotate their threads to retain original adjustment.
Step 7: Keep the inner tie rod end in place by attaching a locking ring.
Step 8: Bolt back the outer tie rod end, making sure that the bolt is properly tightened.
Step 9: Insert the new cotter pins in place, bending them properly to ensure a secure fit and to prevent vibration while the car is moving.
Step 10: Apply grease onto the entire tie rod assembly. Wipe off excess grease and install the wheels back in place, taking note of which bolt goes where.
Step 11: Repeat the whole process on the other side of the car. Once the tie rods are installed, lower the jack, and test drive the car to check the alignment. If there's something wrong with the angle of the steering wheel, have it professionally corrected as soon as possible.
If you have an older vehicle, you might need to hammer the pickle fork several times to loosen the tie rod end. For easier reinstallation, putting marks or labels on which bolt goes where helps. Another trick is to accurately measure the distance spanned by the entire tie rod assembly.