Is 100,000 km between tie-rod replacement means I'm driving too hard?

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Chai
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Is 100,000 km between tie-rod replacement means I'm driving too hard?

Post by Chai » Sun 10 Feb, 2019 9:38 pm

My right-hand steering tie-rod has worn considerably. It was a knocking sound from the steering/suspension area when I turned the steering wheel while driving over uneven road surface that led me to look underneath the car.
Checked my service records and the right-hand inner tie rod was replaced ~100,000km ago.
The other (left hand) tie rod was fine - firm and not loose.

Am I turning left harder than I turn right that's causing the right-hand tie rod to wear faster?
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Re: Is 100,000 km between tie-rod replacement means I'm driving too hard?

Post by aleks001 » Mon 11 Feb, 2019 9:44 pm

Don't over think it. It's too hard to answer these questions anyway, everyone drives differently and hits different things in the road on a daily basis. Personally I would be happy with replacing tie rod ends every 100,000KM.

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Re: Is 100,000 km between tie-rod replacement means I'm driving too hard?

Post by Ivanerrol » Mon 11 Feb, 2019 10:43 pm

Not if you are driving a contemporary Benz.
The W204 I have is notorious for going through front suspension parts before 100,000K's.

There were design faults in the W203 suspension that carried on through the w204 series.

(B) I have had to to do balljoints and tie rod ends in a car where I put oversized wheels and tyres on.
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Re: Is 100,000 km between tie-rod replacement means I'm driving too hard?

Post by Djenka018 » Tue 12 Feb, 2019 5:06 pm

I did draglink and tierods at 45000km
and it was overdue long time.
Now at 90000km and still good.
Garage life, i guess, the car sat undriven for several years.

Perhaps the RHS wheel is hitting more potholes or shopping mall speed humps drive around (i do them perpendicular and both wheels simultaneously)
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