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Want to learn more about Track Rod End replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What do track rod ends or tie rod ends do?

The track rod end is a component of the steering mechanism. It connects the tie rod from the steering rack to the front wheel steering knuckle on each side. It is a flexible ball joint that can be adjusted to alter the cars tracking and align the wheel correctly.

These parts are sometimes referred to as tie rod ends.

What does a track rod end replacement involve?

Whilst there are differences in the process between vehicles, there are some basic procedures that a mechanic will carry out

  • The vehicle will be raised and the road wheel removed
  • Mechanic will then undo the component from the steering knuckle and tie rod
  • A new track rod end will be fitted
  • The vehicle will be put back together and lowered back to the ground

Can I do a track rod end replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a track rod end replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

How do I know if my track rod end needs replacing?

If there is wear in the parts, this can cause

  • Vibration through the steering wheel
  • Knocking over bumps and whilst changing direction
  • Uneven and premature tyre wear
  • Imprecise steering.

How long does it take to change a track rod end?

A track rod end replacement usually takes around 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

Is a faulty track rod end an MOT failure?

Yes, a faulty track rod end is an MOT failure, and a common one too.

How often should I replace a track rod end?

As the track rod ends are in constant use as the car is driven and are exposed to damage from road debris, a track rod end replacement is a common repair. The most frequent reason is that the protective boot has split, been cut or simply perished over time and this is an MOT failure.

If you experience any of the symptoms related to the track rod end replacement listed, it is important to have the part inspected and replaced if required as soon as possible.

Can you drive with a broken track rod end?

No, it is dangerous to drive with a broken track rod end (or tie rod end) and is not something to put off, it can cause you to lose control over the vehicle. The same goes for if the track rod end has any known issue such as looseness, wear or binding which can ultimately break. It is recommended therefore not to drive the vehicle, and get help from a professional mechanic with immediate effect.

What causes a track rod end to break?

There are many reasons why a track rod end may break. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Worn out or damaged bushes: The track rod end is connected to the steering knuckle via a bush. Over time, these bushes can become worn out or damaged, causing the track rod end to loosen and eventually break.
  • Corrosion: If the track rod end is exposed to salt, moisture or other corrosive materials, it can weaken and break over time.
  • Impact: If the track rod end experiences a sudden impact, such as from a pothole or curb, it can break.
  • Improper installation: If the track rod end is not installed correctly, it can break under the stress of normal driving.

What happens if you don't change a bad track rod end?

If a bad track rod end is not changed then you may experience issues with your steering and handling especially on turns and at high speeds. This can be dangerous and can result in serious accidents.

How do I know if my track rod ends are worn?

The most common symptom of a worn track rod end is a loose feeling in the steering wheel. The steering wheel may feel like it is wobbling back and forth, or it may feel like the car is wandering from side to side. Another symptom is uneven tyre wear.

How much does it cost to replace inner tie rods?

Replacement cost for inner track (or tie) rods can range from £50 to £100 with an average cost of £70.

How much does it cost to replace tie rods and ball joints?

Track or tie rod replacement averages around £70 while with a ball joint replacement you can expect to shell out around £90.

What are the symptoms of a bad tie rod?

The symptoms of a bad tie rod are usually a clicking noise when turning the steering wheel, uneven tyre wear, and the steering wheel feeling loose.

Is it dangerous to drive with a bad tie rod?

A bad tie rod can become a serious safety hazard. If the inner tie rod end breaks while you’re driving, you can lose control of the vehicle. This can easily lead to an accident so it's best to get it checked as soon as possible and get it fixed.

Do you need an alignment after replacing drag link?

You may need an alignment after replacing a drag link, but it depends on the severity of the damage and how well the old drag link was aligned. You should always get the alignment checked after replacing any steering component.

Can you replace just one tie rod end?

You can replace just one tie rod end but it is recommended to replace both tie rod ends at the same time. Over time, they will wear at a similar rate. Replacing just one can result in uneven steering and premature wear on other steering components.

How much does it cost to replace a track rod end?

Prices for a track rod (or tie rod) end replacement range from £50 to £100 with an average cost of £70. Ultimately, the cost depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your track rod (tie rod) ends replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a track rod end replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Track rod, Track rod, Track rod end joint, Track rod end joint, Track rod (driver side), Track rod (passenger side), Track rod end joint (driver side) and/or Track rod end joint (passenger side). We have track rod end replacement prices for 47 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£113 £111 - £202 Get exact price

Audi

£138 £180 - £267 Get exact price

Austin

£123 £175 - £188 Get exact price

Bentley

£222 £327 - £327 Get exact price

BMW

£154 £212 - £277 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£77 £106 - £142 Get exact price

Chrysler

£104 £152 - £172 Get exact price

Citroen

£111 £149 - £237 Get exact price

Dacia

£141 £225 - £237 Get exact price

Daewoo

£101 £128 - £172 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£108 £157 - £219 Get exact price

Daimler

£97 £169 - £169 Get exact price

Dodge

£94 £141 - £163 Get exact price

Fiat

£102 £134 - £184 Get exact price

Ford

£104 £146 - £198 Get exact price

Honda

£122 £167 - £211 Get exact price

Hyundai

£110 £132 - £205 Get exact price

Iveco

£100 £102 - £224 Get exact price

Jaguar

£133 £150 - £224 Get exact price

Jeep

£133 £137 - £223 Get exact price

Kia

£103 £135 - £190 Get exact price

Land Rover

£117 £117 - £218 Get exact price

LDV

£117 £98 - £225 Get exact price

Lexus

£119 £158 - £200 Get exact price

Lotus

£58 £83 - £91 Get exact price

Mazda

£114 £157 - £213 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£130 £143 - £273 Get exact price

MG

£88 £113 - £182 Get exact price

MINI

£162 £233 - £300 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£101 £139 - £182 Get exact price

Nissan

£102 £132 - £187 Get exact price

Peugeot

£126 £187 - £266 Get exact price

Porsche

£197 £257 - £293 Get exact price

Proton

£139 £228 - £228 Get exact price

Renault

£122 £140 - £271 Get exact price

Rover

£99 £137 - £201 Get exact price

Saab

£100 £163 - £186 Get exact price

SEAT

£135 £210 - £286 Get exact price

Skoda

£104 £124 - £221 Get exact price

Smart

£96 £98 - £238 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£130 £174 - £196 Get exact price

Subaru

£111 £150 - £196 Get exact price

Suzuki

£111 £149 - £201 Get exact price

Toyota

£120 £156 - £227 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£115 £133 - £244 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£136 £156 - £303 Get exact price

Volvo

£113 £148 - £193 Get exact price

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  • Microcar
  • Metrocab
  • Hummer
  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Isuzu
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Maserati
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a track rod end replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Track Rod End replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£79.24

Track rod end replacement (driver side)

Ford Focus
Corsham
£73.63

Track rod end replacement (driver side)

Mercedes-Benz CLK
Leicester
£87.11

Track rod end replacement (passenger side)

Toyota Auris
Slough
£161.07

Track rod replacement (passenger side)

Audi A2
Bath

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