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Oldsmobile Alero Tie Rod End

Problems Caused by a Bad Oldsmobile Alero Tie Rod End

You wouldn't want to deal with a bad Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end. It's because it can give you quite a headache if it starts to cause problems for you. With that said, below are the potential issues that you may encounter with it:

Weak Front Suspension

As you probably know, a tie rod end is one of the major components of your Oldsmobile Alero's suspension system. That's why it isn't surprising if your suspension will be at a disadvantage, to say the least, if even just one of your Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends would become loose or whatnot. After all, your tie rod ends are responsible for connecting the front wheels to your Alero's power steering unit. So yeah, a problematic Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end will definitely weaken your front suspension system since there wouldn't be enough strength to anchor the tie rod assemblies.

Incorrect Wheel Alignment

As previously mentioned, tie rod ends serve as wheel connectors. If they're not in a tip-top shape, the connection won't be so good as well, thus resulting in improper wheel alignment. In that case, you'll naturally have difficulty in driving your Alero as it will tend to pull towards one side. That of course can compromise your safety on the road.

Uneven Tire Wear

Incorrect wheel alignment leads to this. As if incorrectly aligned wheels weren't bad enough, the lifespan of your wheels will also be shortened if you don't do something about your bad Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end. A tie rod end replacement is much cheaper than a brand-new tire, so you may want to go for the former (before it's too late) instead of the latter.

Noise

Aside from giving your tires trouble, your ears will also have to endure the annoying grinding noises that a bad Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end generates. This issue isn't so bad, though. How so? Well, it's because you can at least determine more easily which one of your tie rod ends is the problematic one. All you have to do is to follow the source of the noise. There are many automotive components that create noise when they become faulty, though, so do keep that in mind as well.

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  • Maintenance Tips: Oldsmobile Alero Tie Rod End 27 February 2013

    You just finished installing your new Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends? We've got some helpful maintenance tips for you so that you won't have to deal with tie rod issues again anytime soon. Check them out below:


    Check for signs of damage and wearing out.

    Checking your Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends for signs of damage and wearing out should be done every now and then. You don't have to do this that often, though, since Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends are built tough, anyway. In fact, there's a good chance that you never have to replace them during the entire service life of your Alero. As long as you don't drive over potholes or whatnot on a regular basis, you don't have to worry that much about your tie end rods.


    But if you've found that one of your Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends is already damaged or worn out, don't waste time in getting a replacement for it. As you probably know, a bad Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end can lead to uneven tire wear. And replacing a tire is much more expensive than replacing a tie rod end. For that reason, you might want to purchase a new Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end before things take a turn for the worse.


    Every time you replace one tie rod end, replace the other as well.

    Indeed, always replace Oldsmobile Alero tie rod ends in pairs (they're usually sold in pairs, anyway). It's because when one of your tie rod ends gives out, you can bet that the other one will go bad pretty soon, too. Plus, doing so should ensure that both of your front wheels and your front suspension system will function optimally.


    Perform a vehicle alignment after installing new tie rod ends.

    Improper wheel alignment is one of the biggest issues that can result from a bad Oldsmobile Alero tie rod end. After all, incorrectly aligned wheels are major safety hazards. On top of that, they can also cause your tires to wear out at a faster rate. So yeah, do perform a vehicle realignment after installing new tie rod ends. It's not that difficult to do anyway, especially for experienced DIYers.