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Tie rod — What is a tie rod?

Tie rod function and failure What does a tie rod do and what are the symptoms of a worn tie rod? Tie rods on a rack and pinion steering system A tie rod is a metal shaft that connects the steering gear to the steering knuckle. A vehicle with a rack and pinion style steering gear has two tie rods and each tie rod has a flexible ball-and-socket joint at each end (called a tie rod end) that allows the tie rod to move up and down as the wheel … Read More

What is a tie rod?

How is a tie rod different than a drag link or center link? A tie rod is a steering linkage component used to connect the steering gear to the steering knuckle. Most tie rods have one threaded end and an opposite end with a ball joint. The tie rod itself doesn’t wear, it’s just a steel rod. But the ball join does wear. Many consumers mistake a drag link or center link for a tie rod, but they’re not the same. Here’s a diagram of a parallelogram steering system with … Read More


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