If you own a Volvo, you know that it needs special care from a mechanic that you can trust. Staying current on proper maintenance plays a major role in keeping your vehicle running properly and safely. There is a misconception that you have to have your Volvo’s maintenance performed at a dealership, but that is not the case. Our reputed Volvo service center has the cutting-edge technology that is needed to keep your Volvo running smoothly.

If you are hearing strange noises or your steering wheel is vibrating, you may have a failing tie rod. Letting this issue go can lead to a potentially life-threatening accident. Having regular maintenance performed will help you maintain a good tie rod in your Volvo.

What is a tie rod?

A tie rod is the piece that connects your wheels to your steering column. It has to be functioning correctly and be properly aligned so that your tires to turn at the same angle.

Over time, your tie rod can wear out from everyday use and vibration. Driving your Volvo out of alignment will also cause it to wear out quickly.

Symptoms of a Failing Tie Rod

Just like any other mechanical part of your vehicle, a failing tie rod will usually have warning signs. Below are some of the signs that you may notice if your tie rod is failing. If you have any of these symptoms, contact us as soon as possible so we can diagnose and fix the problem before it becomes a major issue.

Shaking Steering Wheel

If you feel shaking in your steering wheel, it can be a sign that you have an issue with your tie rod. The tie rod holds everything in place between the steering wheel and the wheels. If there is a problem, it may vibrate causing your steering wheel to shake. Sometimes you may only notice this vibration when you are driving over 50mph or turning the wheel. A shaking steering wheel can also be caused by worn tires or suspension issues. Let your mechanic know the issues that you are having so that they can properly diagnose the problem.

Loose Steering Wheel

Your steering wheel may also feel loose and have extra play. Having a loose steering wheel can make it hard for you to properly position the front wheels. There is a lack of responsiveness between your steering wheel and tires which can be hazardous.

Tire Wear

Tires wear naturally with regular use. They should have even wear on the outside edge as well as the inside edge. If they are wearing unevenly, it could be due to improper alignment or a bad tie rod.


If your alignment is off, it will cause the tie rods to wear out. If you are having your Volvo aligned, make sure that your mechanic checks the tie rods to see if they need to be adjusted or replaced. If the alignment is performed and the tie rod isn’t in proper working condition you will need to have it realigned.

Car is Shaking

If the tie rod is close to complete failure, you whole car may begin to shake. This is caused by the tires vibrating. If you are experiencing this issue, make sure that you have the issue checked out immediately. Continuing to drive your car in this condition is dangerous and could lead to a fatal accident.

About Us

Here at Dell’s Service Center, we are equipped to take care of all of your Volvo needs. When you have us work on your car, you will leave our shop knowing that you are driving a safe vehicle.

We have been providing service to the Green Bay area for over 46 years. You can rest easy knowing that our Volvo specialists have the experience needed to take care of your Volvo maintenance and repairs needs.

Call Us Today

Call us today with any questions that you may have regarding repairs or maintenance on your Volvo. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is able to answer any questions that you may have. Dell’s Service Center is located in Green Bay, WI, and we serve the Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay, WI areas. You can reach us on 920-494-2860, or stop by and see us at 840 Vanderperren Way.

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