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Volkswagen Rabbit Tie Rod End

Obvious Signs of Bad Volkswagen Rabbit Tie Rod End

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your car's steering system. But don't get alarmed because it doesn't happen randomly or while you're traveling at 60mph. Usually, steering problems build up gradually as the parts wear out. You'll feel it before problems get worse. It's just up to you if you choose to ignore or address the problem. In the case of Volkswagen Rabbit tie rod end, you'll know you need to replace it if you're experiencing any of the following:

Looseness in the steering

This is always a sign of a bad steering, particularly loose tie rod ends. To determine if the tie rod ends are the cause of this problem, jack up the front vehicle on both sides and remove the front tires. Check for play. Since both wheels should move in the same direction, any movement apart from the usual is a sign of bad tie rod ends. If you notice a significant steering play or excessive slack, or if you see that the tie rod ends are worn out there's nothing you can do, but to replace them ends before they completely fail.

Uneven or excessive tire wear

Front tires must always point in the same direction when steering, regardless of the condition of the road or the speed of the vehicle. That is because front tires are linked by the same steering system. If the tie rod end is bad, your tires no longer steer in the same direction, causing uneven or excessive tire wear. This will also result to difficulty in aligning the tires. If any of these happens to your car, check the tie rod end and replace if necessary.


If your car begins to vibrate or shake uncontrollably as you speed up, slow down, or turn corners, your tie rod end may have given up. Additionally, if your car begins to wander while moving, your steering may have lost its control over the wheels. You have to replace the tie rod ends immediately. Check the rack and pinion, as well as the tie rods if they too have been compromised.

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  • How to Maintain Your Volkswagen Rabbit Tie Rod End

    Just like other parts of the steering system, the Volkswagen Rabbit tie rod end requires proper care and maintenance. Here's how:

    Drive carefully.

    If you want to keep your Volkswagen Rabbit and its parts, including the tie rod ends in the best possible condition for a long time, you need to practice proper driving. Avoid hitting potholes and bumps at high speed and avoid hitting the curb too hard. Over time, these hazards can cause damage and leaks that severely shorten the life of the tie rod end and other parts of the suspension system.

    Lubricate the tie rod ends regularly.

    The lack of lubrication is one of the most common causes of tie rod end wear. On the flip side, the best way to maintain a good working tie rod end is to keep it lubricated.

    Check the tie rod ends every time your car is lifted.

    Checking the tie rod ends is easy and quick. Check if the tie rod ends are loose or misaligned If you've seen any play, replace the tie rod ends right away. Also check other parts of the steering system whenever your car is lifted.

    Watch out for signs of bad tie rod ends.

    When your tie rod ends go bad, they usually manifest distinguishable symptoms. Watch out for loose steering or excessive play in the steering wheel. Watch out for excessive tire wear or uneven tire wear. If your vehicle starts wandering or if it starts to vibrate, the tie rod ends have completely given up. In any case, the tie rod ends must be replaced immediately to prevent more damage to the wheels and the steering system.

    Replace tie rod ends in pairs.

    Just like all the parts in the suspension and steering system, the tie rod ends must be replaced in pairs, regardless of the condition of the other pair.

    Have your wheels aligned after installing new tie rod ends.

    The best way to keep your new tie rod ends maintained is to have your wheels aligned after installation. That's because new tie rod ends affect the handling and steering of your vehicle, which ultimately affects the wheel alignment.