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FutureStarrS Tie Rod
A rod used to prevent separation of two parts. It is any rod-shaped structural member designed to prevent the separation of two parts, as in a vehicle.
Tie rods may be connected at the ends in various ways, but it is desirable that the strength of the connection should be at least equal to the strength of the rod. The ends may be threaded and passed through drilled holes or shackles and retained by nuts screwed on the ends. If the ends are threaded right- and left-hand the length between points of loading may be altered. This furnishes a second method for pre-tensioning the rod at will by turning it in the nuts so that the length will be changed. A turnbuckle will accomplish the same purpose. The ends may also be swaged to receive a fitting which is connected to the supports. Another way of making end connections is to forge an eye or hook on the rod.
Osgood and Graustein used the rectangular hyperbola, its conjugate hyperbola, and conjugate diameters to rationalize tie rods at 15 degree radial spacing, to a square of girders, from its center. The tie-rods to the corners (45°) correspond to the asymptotes, while the pair at 15° and 75° are conjugate, as are the pair at 30° and 60°. According to this model in linear elasticity, the application of a load compressing the square results in a deformation where the tie rods maintain their conjugate relations. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
The steering tie rod ends and inner tie rods (axial joint/steering tie rod) are synchronized to one another, and when they are present together, they are called steering tie rod assembly. Teknorot offers its customers the most reliable Steering Tie rod assembly products for many vehicles and models. Majority of Teknorot inner and outer tie rods are manufactured from strong forged steel SAE 1040 (16MnCr5) for maximum strength and durability with e-coating technology matching and even exceeding OE requirements. Teknorot tie rod assemblies are manufactured in accordance with international standards for safe driving and long life use, taking into account safety test values as in all other products. In order to be effective, the steering system has to turn the wheels at the same rate and along the same plane in any condition of both the car and the road. The tie rod (axial joint/inner tie rod) and tie rod ends need to make sure that the wheels are held firmly. A worn tie rod (axial joint/inner tie rod) or tie rod end can result to abnormal wear patterns on the tires, wandering and erratic steering. Aside from whole tie rod assembly replacement, wheel alignment is also required since tie rod assembly replacement disturbs the toe setting. To summarize, steering and suspension systems should be checked regularly or consult a qualified service technician for best results Wise car owners know that ignoring to replace worn tie rod assembly with new one will only lead to more inconveniences and expense. The best solution that many resort to is the replacement. Tie rod assembly replacement is the most practical way of bringing back the effortless steering capability of a car, just like the way it was before. However, the new rod must be accurately installed to ensure its excellent function. The replacement of tie rod assembly sets is recommended than the replacement of the parts separately. Replacement of a tie rod assembly rather than a steering tie rod (axial joint/inner tie rod) or tie rod end can be preferred in many cases, especially in the applications of Renault, Citroen, BMW, Mini, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen manufacturers.
Notice that your vehicle is making new noises? A knocking or clunking sound from the front of the vehicle when turning at low speeds can be a symptom of bad tie rods. As they become loose, tie rods can rattle around at the joints and links, causing the new noises you’re hearing. In addition, if the boot protecting the tie rod joint becomes damaged, dirt and debris can get in and make a grinding sound as you steer. If you’re hearing new sounds from the front of your vehicle, it’s time to check in with a qualified technician. (Source: www.moogparts.com)