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What Does a Tie Rod Cost to Repair?

by Mike Schoonveld

Tie rods are a vital link in the process of you turning the steering wheel and your car going where you want it to go. Repairs are made by replacing the worn ends of each tie rod.

Cost of Tie Rod Ends

The cost of tie rod ends vary from vehicle to vehicle and whether you purchase them from a dealer or an after-market auto parts supply retailer. Normally, dealer prices for parts are higher than parts purchased at an auto parts store. Expect to pay $30 to $80 per tie rod end as of December 2010.

Labor Costs

Changing both inner or both outer tie rod ends on most vehicles takes about an hour. Shop rates for mechanics at a dealer are as much as $120 per hour. Shop rates at independent repair facilities can be as little as $40 per hour.

Considerations

If your vehicle is used primarily on highways, assume the wear on each side is nearly equal. If the inner tie rod end on one side goes bad, the one on the other is suspect and should be changed.

Alignment

Any time you change a tie rod end you should have the front end tire alignment checked and adjusted. This will add another $50 to $100 to the cost.

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