My car has been shaking at speeds higher than 60 mph. I had the two front wheels balanced. While the technicians did it, they told me that left tie rod was loose and that the tie rod had to be replaced and the wheels aligned. I told them I would think it over. Since then, I have observed that the shaking is not totally gone but has been reduced. I do not want to have the additional job (replacing of the tie rod) done just to remove the shaking. Is changing the tie rod recommended from a safety point of view? If I don't have it changed, what kind of danger am I in?
The tie rod connects the steering column, the steering rack, and the like to the wheels. If it were to break, there will be nothing telling the wheel where to turn. In essence, the wheel could turn in any direction it wanted to. Does this sound safe to you? Not to me. If it is at the point that it is causing you steering troubles now, I would say that there is not much time left until it completely lets go.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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