OUTER TIE ROD
Outer Tie Rod : The outer tie rod connects the steering to the wheels. By using a ball joint like connection, it allows the steering to turn and flex with the wheels safely. Outer tie rod ends are on all types of steering systems including a gearbox style, rack n pinion or electronic steering setup. Outer tie rods are built to take alot of movement between steering the wheel to hitting bumps in the road.
When you have a problem with an outer tie rod end, you may feel a swaying motion in the steering. Other warning signs may include noises when hitting bumps, squeaking when steering and or the front end just does not feel tight.
An outer tie rod can completely break causing the wheel to be disconnected from the steering. This does not usually happen unless the wheel is involved in an accident or the problems have been ignored for some time. Outer tie rod ends are on the front wheels, but are also used on some rear wheels (rear wheel steering vehicles).
If you suspect any type of suspension or steering problems, you should get the vehicle looked at by a qualified auto mechanic.
Guy’s Automotive performs all types of steering, suspension and outer tie rod repairs. Check out Guy’s Automotive’s service pages to read more information on specific repairs performs at our auto repair shops in Tampa.