We take a lot for granted about our vehicles, which is a testament to the marvels of engineering that they are. The modern automobile’s technology is extremely advanced, especially when compared to the vehicles that were produced many years ago. However, even with all of the advancements in technology, vehicles are still made up of a large number of simple parts that perform simple and essential functions. One of these parts is the tie rod. St. Paul Automotive can check and replace your tie rods when needed and then complete alignment services to ensure that your car is safe to drive.
How Does your Tie Rod Work?
The tie rod is a part of the steering system of your car. Tie rods connect the steering rack to the steering knuckle of your front wheels by means of the tie rod ends, which allows your front wheels to turn. Your car’s tie rods allow you to control the direction of your car. It is a perfect example of a simple concept that performs an essential function. Tie rods absorb tremendous force, and tie rod ends are vulnerable to wear and tear as a result. When you get your tie rods replaced, an alignment is also recommended.
How Do I Know If My Tie Rod Needs to be Serviced?
Here are 3 common signs you may need to service your tie rod ends:
1. Pulling in the Front End: Tie rods are affected by the alignment of your car, and if your tie rod ends are in need of service, you are likely to notice a pulling to the right or to the left when something goes wrong with your tie rod ends.
2. Loose tire: If you have a damaged tie rod end, the connection to that wheel can be compromised. The result is often a loose connection of your wheel with the tie rod end. This poses a potentially severe safety hazard, so if you are noticing a loose feeling associated with one or both of your front wheels, we recommend having it checked out immediately.
3. Clunking When you Hit a Bump: Another symptom of a damaged or compromised tie rod end is a clunking sound when you ride over a pothole or bump in the road. If the tie rod end is not attached securely to the wheel, you may notice a difference in the way that wheel responds to bumps in the road as compared to your other front wheel.
Tie Rod Replacement and Alignment Services
St. Paul Automotive offers expert alignment services after tie rod replacement, and we would be happy to serve you. Call us at (651) 298-0956 with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.