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Saturn SL Tie Rod End Replacement

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Saturn SL Tie Rod End Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Saturn SL Tie Rod End Replacement is $234. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Location
Quoted on
Price
1995 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 86,000 miles
Hayward CA 94545
Nov 22, 2020
$164 - $200
1995 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 51,000 miles
Sanger CA 93657
Nov 22, 2020
$257 - $314
2002 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 73,000 miles
Rosemead CA 91770
Nov 17, 2020
$139 - $169
1995 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 369,000 miles
Van Nuys CA 91411
Nov 17, 2020
$157 - $191
1995 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 30,000 miles
Covina CA 91724
Nov 16, 2020
$162 - $198
1999 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 272,000 miles
Santa Barbara CA 93150
Nov 11, 2020
$279 - $341
1997 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 15,000 miles
San Francisco CA 94115
Nov 9, 2020
$149 - $183
1997 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 132,000 miles
Barstow CA 92311
Nov 6, 2020
$271 - $331
2000 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 63,000 miles
San Rafael CA 94903
Nov 5, 2020
$256 - $312
1995 Saturn SL
1.9L L4 Base • 397,000 miles
Roseville CA 95678
Nov 3, 2020
$269 - $329
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Dec 17, 2020 6:25 PM
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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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