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Saab 9-3 Tie Rod End

Spotting and Fixing Saab 9-3 Tie Rod End Issues

Tie rod ends play a vital role in your vehicle's steering and maneuvering capacity. Neglecting them could mean great damage to your vehicle and to your life. Technically, there is no maintenance schedule that requires replacing tie rod ends unless of course it's worn. However, it is very important to give your tie rod ends the attention it needs, to avoid vehicular accidents and expensive repairs. Spot the following Saab 9-3 tie rod end problems and address them as soon as possible.

Bad wheel alignment

When you feel like your vehicle's alignment is somehow skewed or uneven, then you might have a bad tie rod end. The toe of the tires changes and you find that no matter how much you fight for control of the steering, you're still driving off-center. Check the conditions of your tie rod and tie rod ends to confirm this.

Excessive tire wear

Another obvious indicator of a bad tie rod end is an abnormal tire wear. When you notice that the tires on one side wears out faster than the other side, then it could mean that one of your tie rod ends are worn or broken and could not respond properly anymore.

Fighting for wheel control

Together with bad alignment comes steering problems. Sadly, this is the only indication that causes owners alarm. And understandably so, since behind the wheel is the worst place to lose your control. When you find yourself over-steering just to make a turn then you may want to check your tie rod ends. Better yet, prepare to replace something.

Worn tie rod ends

If you find yourself being able to relate to the previous tie rod end issues, then you should find time to inspect their condition. Check for physical damages such as scratches, wearing and cracking. Some owners swear that tie rod ends are made of durable stuff and do not require replacing until actually broken. If you confirm that you have a damaged tie rod end then just buy replacements and install it.

Deal with it

So you've discovered that your tie rod ends have issues, next thing is to do is decide is whether it's something you can fix, or something you can only replace. In reality, you would have to do both. You can fix it by buying the replacements and installing them yourself. Do not delay because as small as they maybe, your tie rod ends can mean life or death for you.


After replacing your Saab 9-3 tie rod end with new ones, do not forget to have your wheels aligned to go with the new tie rod ends.

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  • Taking Care of Your Saab 9-3 Tie Rod End

    It is interesting to discover that some car owners overlook the small components of their vehicles, and then complain when the engine falls apart on them later on. The tire rod end is a small part of your vehicle that you cannot afford to neglect because your life and your passengers' lives depend on it. Your Saab 9-3 tie rod end supports the tie rod that enables you to maneuver and control your vehicle's steering ability properly. A bad tie rod end negatively affects your tires and steering, this means you are prone to major road accidents. Here are tips on how to make sure your tie rod ends are always in tip-top shape.


    Just like the rest of the vehicle, regular tie rod end cleaning extends its service life. Cleaning your tie rod end requires a spray brake cleaner, a shop rag, and a few minutes of your time. Generously spray the tie rod ends with the brake cleaner and wipe off the grime with the shop rag. Regular cleaning will not only make sure that your tie rod ends are corrosive free, you could also use this opportunity to check on your tie rod ends' condition.


    After cleaning your tie rod ends, give them a physical check-up. Move the joints about and check for abnormal movements such as stiffness or looseness. Look at each tie rod end closely, and check for signs of wear and tear like scrapes, bends or cracks. Remember that you don't have to wait until your scheduled inspection (between 20,000 to 70,000 kilometers) to check the state of your tie rod ends.


    The most common cause of tie rod end wear and tear is that it's not lubricated enough. In the past, all tie rod ends require regular greasing to avoid drying up and causing tie rods to corrode. Nowadays, there are sealed tie rod ends available in the market that does not need lubricating. But if you are using the old ones, then grease is your best friend. Ideally, you should lubricate your tie rod ends every time you get an oil change.


    When replacing a worn tie rod end, replace both and not just the worn one. In addition, new tire rod ends means changes in its steering and handling. Because of this, you need to have the vehicle re-aligned.