Tie Rod Ends

Shaking in your steering wheel? It could be a problem with the tie rod ends. See the experts at Wes Rogers Tire and Auto Inc. in Mt. Vernon, IL!

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Your vehicle's steering wheel is connected to the steering gear, which allows the steering wheel turn the wheels. Tie rod ends are how the steering gear is connected to the wheels. The tie rod ends ensure the wheels are aligned and provide the adjustment for wheel alignment that keeps the tires from wearing out prematurely. 

Symptoms your car may need tie rod ends service: 

  • Shaking in the steering wheel
  • Vibration in the vehicle
  • Vehicle pulling to one side
  • Excessive or unusual tread wear

Problems with tie rod ends can lead to serious issues down the road. It is important to have your vehicle inspected before dangerous problems develop.

Our expert technicians will:

  • Verify that the tie rod ends are bad.
  • Remove and replace compromised tie rod ends.
  • Inspect the suspension and steering systems for worn or damaged parts
  • Reinstall and realign the wheels.

If you suspect you have tie rod end issues, the experts at Wes Rogers Tire & Auto can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Why are tie rod ends important?

Tie rods are an essential component in your steering system. Tie rods connect your vehicle’s steering rack to the steering arm, which is attached to the wheel. The two primary types of steering systems include rack-and-pinion steering and mechanical steering. A rack-and-pinion steering system involves a pinion gear, which is attached to the steering shaft, and rolls along the steering rack. The steering rack, connected to both front wheels, will move in accordance with how you turn your wheel. The tie rods transmit the force from the steering rack to the steering arm and moving the wheel. The mechanical steering system involves a gearbox. As the wheel is turned, the steering shaft sets several gears in motion that control the pitman arm. The pitman arm moves the steering rack accordingly. As with the rack-and-pinion system, the steering rack is attached to the tie rods, which are connected to the steering arms. 

In both systems, tie rods are the connection from the steering system to the wheels. Faulty tie rod ends could result in steering system failure. As the pivot point between the steering system and steering arm and wheel, tie rod ends are essential to vehicle 

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