PLYMOUTH GTX Tie Rod End

Description

A tie rod end consists primarily of two components a hardened threaded- steel, ball stud and socket enclosed in a steel housing. The tie rod ends connect the center link to the steering knuckle on cars with conventional suspension systems. On vehicles with rack-and pinion steering, the tie rod ends connect the end of the rack to the steering knuckle. A protective boot prevents dirt from entering the tie rod end ball socket assembly. Tie rod ends are used on the front end of virtually every car and light truck.

Purpose

The tie rod end ball joint serves as the pivot points at the steering knuckle. Force from the steering rack or gear box is transferred by the tie rod ends to the steering knuckle, causing the wheels to turn. The pivot action of the tie rod end allows the suspension to travel up and down and tires to turn left to right. The outer tie rod end connects with an adjusting sleeve, which allows the length of the tie rod end to be adjustable used to change vehicle's toe.

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions

Most PLYMOUTH GTX vehicles use permanently lubed tie rod ends that can not be lubricated. Aftermarket replacement tie rod ends often come with lubrication fittings. If your car has lubrication fittings, the tie rod end should be lubricated at every oil change. Tie rod ends, along with other suspension components, should be inspected annually. PLYMOUTH GTX tie rod ends can be checked for play. Methods to check excessive play and amount of play vary; you should follow the manufactures procedures and specifications.

Failure symptoms

With use PLYMOUTH GTX tie rod ends wear out causing play between the ball and socket joint. The most common vehicle symptoms associated with worn tie rod ends are wandering, uneven tire wear, and erratic steering. On vehicles equipped with rack and pinion steering worn inner tie rods may cause a clunking noise that can be felt in the steering wheel.

WARNING

If a tie rod end fails you can lose your steering.

AKA

Inner tie rod, outer tie rod, track rod

Location

Outer tie rod ends are located in the front steering an inch or so behind the front tire and are connected to the steering knuckle. On a vehicle equipped with a steering rack the inner tie rod end is attached to the steering rack. On vehicles with conventional steering the inner tie rod end is to the center link or connecting tie rod end.

Disclaimer

Depending on the year and options your PLYMOUTH GTX has, the above information may not apply. Consult with a professional automotive technician or manufacturer for specifics on your PLYMOUTH GTX