Make sure your car heads in the direction you set, get your tie rods checked. Golden Rule Brake can service any make and model vehicle in our three locations in Spokane, WA, and soon in Post Falls, ID.
Tracking rods, also known as tie rods, are an essential part of a car’s steering and suspension system, tying the front wheels together so that they will turn simultaneously. Golden Rule Brake has experienced mechanics who know how to make sure your tie rods, and the rest of your suspension system, are in a working order. Whether your car has rack-and-pinion steering or re-circulating ball steering (also known as mechanical steering), we can make sure your tie rods work as they should.
What are tie rods?
Tracking rods, more commonly known as tie rods, are an essential part of a car’s steering and suspension system. They literally "tie" the front wheels together so that they will turn together. A tie rod is comprised of two parts: the inner tie rod and the outer tie rod. Both parts are protected by a plastic or rubber cover called a boot. Tie rods are the pivot point between the steering system and the steering arm and wheel. Therefore, if a tie rod breaks or becomes disconnected, the driver can lose control of the vehicle, possibly causing an accident.
How often do you need to check your tie rods?
Experts recommend having checked/replaced regularly. This normally occurs when the suspension and steering system of the car is lubricated, as the tie rod ends are the lube point on most vehicles. In general, tie rods can last about 5 years, but their wear is affected by road conditions like gravel and potholes (something Spokane drivers are very familiar with).
Common Signs of Issues:
Your car is pulling to the side while driving on a straight road
Your steering wheel is not centered
You can hear strange sounds when steering the car
You can feel vibrations, clicks, and/or pops in the steering wheel
Electric Vehicle Tie Rods Tip:
If you are driving an electric vehicle (EV), regular front end checks are very important. Due to the build and working parts of EVs, they can be 10% to 20% heavier than regular internal combustion engine cars. This puts extra weight on the tires and the front-end parts. Because of the additional stress, experts recommend that EV drivers get their (suspension system), including tie rods, checked more often