What symptoms are present with worn tie rods?
Most vehicles have the four tie rods, two inner and two outer on the front and sometimes on the rear. Tie rods connect the steering mechanism of the vehicle to the wheels. They also hold the wheels in position, relative to each other. When tie rods wear, the wear allows the wheels to toe in or toe out. Excess toe in or toe out causes tire wear. There may also be a loose feeling in the steering or a looseness when hitting bumps. See our Detailed Topic Wheel Balance, Shimmy and Vibration for more information.