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Lotus Elan Tie rod end replacement
When do Lotus Elan tie rod ends need to be replaced?
Your Lotus Elan will typically have outer and inner tie rod ends as part of the steering system on each side of your car. They are rods with ball joints on each end and they attach to the steering rack on the inner side and to the steering knuckle on the outer side, behind the wheel.
Tie rod ends are responsible for keeping the front end and suspension firm on your Lotus Elan. When tie rod ends fail, you may notice the steering feels loose.
Tie rod ends can wear out over time, this is usually due to the protective rubber covering getting damaged, which allows dirt and moisture to get in. Because of this, you can’t determine when they may break down. Regular servicing and inspections will help to pick up a failing tie rod end on your Lotus Elan.
Symptoms your Lotus Elan tie rod end may be failing:
- Wheel alignment is out
- Vibration or shaking through the steering wheel
- Uneven or extreme tyre edge wear
- Steering feels loose
- Lotus Elan pulls to one side of the road
- Knocking or clunking noise
- Road wandering
If you continue to drive with a faulty tie rod end, you do run the risk of increased tyre wear and unaligned steering. This can create driver discomfort from road wandering and vibration through the steering wheel.
Worst case scenario would be for the tie rod end to break completely. This would mean no steering, potentially putting you in a very dangerous position.
When your Lotus Elan needs new tie rod ends, turn to AutoGuru to book the best local mechanic for the job.