Ford Ranger Tie Rod Linkages
Tie rods form an essential part of the steering system in a Ford Ranger. They help control the movement of the tires when you turn left or right. Two tie rods, an outer one and an inner one, are used to connect the tires to the steering and suspension system of your Ford Ranger.How do tie rods work in a Ford Ranger?
The tie rod parts screw together to form one single unit. The outer rod end is attached to the wheel knuckle while the inner end connects to the center link in the steering system. When you turn your tires to the left, you move a rack that pushes and pulls the front tires to the left. The rods, which are connected to the rack and the wheels, are the parts that force the tires to move in synchronization with how you’re turning the rack.What tie rods are available for the Ford Ranger?
There are Original Equipment Manufacturer, or OEM, and aftermarket parts. OEM parts are manufactured specifically for the Ford Ranger, while aftermarket parts are manufactured for a wide range of vehicles. Most performance parts are aftermarket. Kits can be found which will have all the parts you'll need by both OEM and aftermarket manufacturers. You can also find individual parts as needed.How are tie rods ends connected in the Ford Ranger?
The Ford Ranger tie rod ends linkage system consists of three main parts plus the hardware that connects to form one unit.
- Outer tie rod ends: The outer tie rod end connects to the wheel knuckle while the male ends screws into the inner tie rod.
- Inner tie rod ends: The female inner tie rod end screws onto the threaded male end of the outer part. The male end screws into the steering box.
- Ball joints: A ball joint is placed on the outer tie rod end and inserted into a hole in the wheel knuckle. This helps ensure you get a smooth-handling ride when out driving.
Replacing the parts on your Ford Ranger shouldn’t be that difficult for someone who does a little mechanical work once in a while. You need to make sure you have the right tools including car jacks, socket and ratchet set, open-ended wrench set, an extension bar, needle-nosed pliers, and a puller. The linkage points are easily accessible once the Ford Ranger’s tires are removed, the vehicle is up on jack stands, and you can safely slide under it. You have to remove the bolts, slide the outer and inner tie rods ends out, and put in the new ones.