Your vehicle is part of your family, so if its steering and suspension feel "loose," its tires start drifting and you observe abnormal tire wear, then your baby is sick and showing symptoms of needing a Chevy tie rod replacement. Loose steering linkage may be a sign of a faulty or worn tie rod or its ends. Your Chevy tie rod works by connecting the socket to the spindle, or the knuckle of the tire, at the inner end. The outer tie rod end connects to the center link, also called the relay rod. The center link then joins the tie rods to the steering arms, the pitman and idler armsthese connect to the steering gear box which ascends into the steering column, allowing directional control of the wheels through the steering wheel. The Chevy tie rod, and the ball joints within it, is responsible for transmitting your steering wheel's position and movement to your tires. Visually inspecting your Chevy tie rod regularly and lubricating it so that the ball joints do not rust is the best way to prevent future problems with your steering and suspension system. If not replaced quickly at its beginning stage of failure, a worn Chevy tie rod will cause uneven tire wear. However, at its latest stage of disrepair, it can bring about a total loss of steering control, potentially making your vehicle an unguided missile on the roadwith you still in it! If you feel your vehicle being pushed sideways by the wind, find yourself making too many steering corrections or hear a popping type of noise when you turn your wheels, it may be time to order a brand new Chevy tie rod from us. Our online order form is securely encrypted for your protection and our toll-free customer assistance staff is happy to help you locate the right Chevy tie rod for your vehicle. Make your vehicle more responsive to the road, but most importantly, safer, with a new Chevy tie rod today.
Replacing a Chevrolet Tie Rod End Properly
A faulty tie rod end can cause unwanted wheel vibration and noise during high speeds. Replacing it will end these problems. The tie rod end is important to achieve a proper handling of your Chevrolet. This is an important part of your steering assembly. One of the major problems of a worn-out tie rod end is poor steering performance. You can never drive comfortably and confidently with this kind of steering situation. The good thing is, you can end this problem immediately by replacing your tie rod end. Choose a durable replacement unit with a superior quality to ensure better handling and performance.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Jack stands
- Manual wrench
- Breaker bar
- Air impact tool (optional)
- Large crescent wrench
- Pry bar (large)
- Torque wrench
Jacking up your vehicle
Make sure to let your engine cool down prior to the replacement. Loosen the lug nuts a bit using a manual wrench or breaker bar. Do not remove the lug nuts so they can prevent the tires from turning. Using a heavy-duty jack and jack stands, carefully lift your vehicle up.
Removing the lug nuts and tires
After securing and supporting your vehicle with jack stands, you may now remove the lug nuts. And then, carefully remove the tires.
Loosening the tie rods
Gently loosen the tie rod nut, leaving the nut “ON” to safeguard the threads. Use a wrench or an air impact tool for this step.
Getting into the jam nut
You need to mark the position of the jam nut. Loosen the jam nut using a large crescent wrench. Use a pry bar to apply pressure and force downward on the tie rod end. Carefully strike the spindle bulkhead to shock the taper fit loose using a hammer. Do it while holding the downward pressure.
Removing the tie rod nut
The tapered rod will drop and show off right after the tapered fit is released. Take away the tie rod nut.
Removing the tie rod
Hold the tie rod and turn it counterclockwise or clockwise (depending on the right or left hand threads).
Installing the new tie rod end
You need to check if the old tie rod matches the replacement unit. Wind the replacement tie rod end into place. Make certain to keep the alignment of the jam nut. Carefully insert the tapered part of the tie rod end into the spindle bulkhead, and tap the tie rod end into place using a hammer. Do it while setting the tie rod taper to stop to stud from turning while you are securing the nut.
Threading the nut
Just to prevent cross threading, thread the nut on using your hand.
Securing the nuts
Secure and tighten the tie rod end nut. You also need to tighten the jam nut against the tie rod end.
Reinstalling the tires
While threading the lug nuts on by hand, carefully install the tires. Tighten and secure the wheel lugs using a torque wrench. Remember that the front end should be realigned after the entire process.