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Ford Fusion Tie Rod End Replacement

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Ford Fusion Tie Rod End Replacement

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2017 Ford Fusion
2.5L L4 SE • 39,000 miles
Santa Clarita CA 91390
Nov 11, 2020
$260 - $318
2018 Ford Fusion
2.0L L4 Turbo SE • 15,000 miles
Concord CA 94519
Nov 2, 2020
$261 - $319
2014 Ford Fusion
2.5L L4 SE • 44,000 miles
Van Nuys CA 91404
Oct 28, 2020
$266 - $326
2014 Ford Fusion
2.0L L4 Hybrid Titanium Hybrid • 44,000 miles
Glendale CA 91207
Oct 6, 2020
$244 - $298
2012 Ford Fusion
2.5L L4 Hybrid Hybrid • 46,000 miles
Temple City CA 91780
Oct 4, 2020
$244 - $298
2009 Ford Fusion
2.3L L4 SE • 146,530 miles
Van Nuys CA 91406
Jun 17, 2020
$191 - $233
2011 Ford Fusion
• 160,000 miles
Phoenix AZ 85020
Jun 6, 2020
$255 - $311
2011 Ford Fusion
2.5L L4 • 18,000 miles
Ontario CA 91764
Mar 22, 2020
$288 - $352
2006 Ford Fusion
• 33,000 miles
Mountain View CA 94043
Mar 3, 2020
$218 - $266
2010 Ford Fusion
Hybrid • 104,000 miles
Rowland Heights CA 91748
Jul 8, 2019
$349 - $427
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What is a Tie Rod End?

Tie rod ends, often just referred to as tie rods, are a pretty crucial part of the car’s steering system. And the steering system, it may shock you to learn, is a pretty important part of your car. Here’s how it works: The tie rod ends are responsible for connecting the steering rack (which is what is attached to your steering wheel) to the steering knuckles (which is what ultimately is responsible for turning your wheels). The tie rod ends are, essentially, the link that transfers the first part of the steering system to the second part of the steering system. They use a ball-and-socket system to allow movement. Of course, if you want to get into the nitty gritty of it, it’s quite a bit more complex than that. But I’m guessing you don’t have all the time in the world, am I right? Most cars have an inner and an outer tie rod end. They’re highly durable, and it’s not rare for a car to go a whole lifetime without needing the tie rod ends replaced. If the tie rod ends have issues however, they will need to be replaced, not repaired. And following a replacement, the car should have a wheel alignment, since damaged tie rod ends can mess up the alignment of the car.

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Symptoms of a failing Tie Rod End

Grease leakage

Leaks are a big bummer, but they’re a part of owning a car. Many different things in your car can leak, so if you see fluid dripping from under your car, it’s not always clear what it is. Tie rod end failure is pretty low on the totem poll of things that are likely to be causing a leak. However, tie rod ends utilize grease for lubrication, and, if the tie rod end’s boot fails, there may be grease leakage.

Improper steering

Tie rod ends are a part of your car’s steering system, so it kind of follows that when they fail, the steering system might be impacted. With busted tie rod ends, the steering may not perfectly correspond with your hands. Or, you might find the car pulling to the left or to the right, due to a poorly aligned car.

Uneven tire wear

Tie rod ends that aren’t doing their job will quickly lead to a car with alignment issues. When that happens, the tires will receive uneven wear and tear. This will be visually evident at some point. It’s a good idea to inspect your tires every week or so. It only takes a few seconds, and it can help you spot not just uneven wear, but excess wear, low tire pressure, or bubbles. If you notice uneven wear on the tires, you may have a tie rod end issue on your hands.

Front of car shakes

If your car feels like it’s shaking, it may be because of your tie rod ends. If the ball-and-sockets on your tie rod ends starts to go, then the tie rod ends won’t fit the way that they’re supposed to. When that happens, the front of your car might do a little dance and a little shake. And yes, it’s gonna feel weird.

Knocking noise

Hopefully I don’t need to tell you that foreign noises from your car are not a good thing. If the tie rod ends are failing, you may hear a knocking or clunking noise as they rattle around in place.

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How urgent is a Tie Rod End replacement?

Tie rod ends are a part of your steering system. If you’d prefer to drive your car safely and in the direction you intended, then it’s probably wise to get your tie rod ends replaced immediately.

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