Wayne's Auto Repair
Tie Rods & Wheel Bearings
Worn - Tie Rods
The tie rod is part of the steering mechanism in your car. It is a slender structural rod that transmits force from the steering center link or the rack gear to the steering knuckle. which causes the wheel to turn. Tie rod ends have seals that protect the inside of the tie rod joint from water, dust, and sand. If the seals become worn and lose their ability to keep out these contaminants, they cause scoring and corrosion of metal surfaces, resulting in increased wear of the ball-and-socket joint within the tie rod and shortening its overall life.
Worn - Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings keep the wheels on your car spinning smoothly and quietly. A worn bearing sometimes will cause a wheel to vibrate or wobble, or produces noises such as snapping and clicking, which can be heard when cornering the vehicle. A bad wheel bearing can cause a tire to wear out at a much faster rate than normal.