This quick tip will help you change out your tie rods when they suffer from both hydraulic wear or the wear and tear that comes from daily driving conditions. You can cheat and use the old tie rods to get the steering close enough to take the car to the alignment shop, but this tip may be a better option, as it will get your toe adjustment close enough to safely move the car.
When you look up toe adjustment, you will find out that the term refers to the adjustments made on the tie rods, which help keep your car rolling straight. The easiest way to explain the concept is by using your own two feet as a reference. When you have too much toe, it’s like walking “Pigeon-toed” and your tires point inward and fight your car’s ability to roll straight. When you don’t have enough “toe”, it’s almost the same principle but quite the opposite as your feet are pointed outward. This creates a drag on your roll, slowing you down and adding friction to the tires, with the added danger of having the tie rod couplers break loose from not having enough toe. Ideally, you want to walk this straight line, or in our case, drive a straight line, and that is what we are trying to accomplish by adjusting the toe on the tie rods.
There really is no science to adjusting your tie rods; success only comes from patience. When we say patience, we mean that you will need to adjust the tie rods several times before getting it close to zero toe. Once you are close, you should be able to drive your car safely to the shop. Now let us show you how to get your adjustment straight.