Tie rod ends need to be kept in prime maintenance because they are very important. The ball joint makes movement in every direction possible just as the suspension compresses and recoils, while your tie rod ends turn your wheels. Like most car parts, tie rods not only go bad because they expired but also because of normal wear and tear. As a car owner, you may never have to replace your Tie rods for once in many years. Their longevity tho can be affected by some driving conditions like potholes, minor accidents or bad road conditions.
We recommend however that you inspect the tie rods frequently because of their operation and significance. However, one of the most apparent signs of tie rods going bad will be a knocking sound coming from the front end of the vehicle when you turn for instance, into a parking lot, or some low speed, tight turning situation. Whether you need to purchase or replace your tie rod, replacement ball joints and tie rod ends are easily found in our extensive online catalog or aftermarket parts and accessories. It's also recommend that both right and left sets of tie rods be replaced simultaneously, and that a full four-wheel vehicle alignment be done once they've been changed.