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.