- Loose steering
- Noise when hitting bumps (Can also be caused by worn sway bar bushings.)
- Shaking in the steering wheel
- Alignment is off
- The car pulls to the side at highway speed
- Uneven tire wear
What you will need
- Park the Mazda on a flat surface. Place the shifter in the park, and engage the parking brakes.
- Before raising the Mazda, break loose the lug nuts.
- Next, jack up the car at the jacking points using a floor jack. Support the vehicle with jack stands. Never depend on the jack alone.
- Locate the outer tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on a Mazda 5.
- Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end. Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that secures the tie rod. Next, use a marker or chalk to mark the threads on the inner tie rod.
- Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle.
- Install the new tie rod on your Mazda in reverse order. Torque the nut to 18 ft/lbs.
Do I Need Front Wheel Alignment?
- Once you replace the tie rods, you will need to get the front wheels aligned. You will need to take your car to a wheel alignment shop. If you don't get your wheels aligned, your car will pull to one side, and the tires may wear out quicker or unevenly.
- On average, you will pay $100 to get the front wheels aligned. You can also get your car aligned at the Mazda dealership for around $120-$145.
- The cost to change Mazda tie rods can vary from $200 at independent auto mechanics and up to $480 at Mazda dealership. This doesn't include the cost of alignment.
- The DIY cost to replace Mazda tie rods is under $75, assuming you have a few basic tools. Plus another $80-$120 for the wheel alignment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Mazda tie rods last?
On average, tie rods last anywhere from 50,000 to 150,000 miles. The exact length depends on your driving habits, the roads you drive on, and the quality of the tie rod.
What happens when you break a Mazda tie rod?
If your tie rod breaks while you are driving, it will be impossible to steer your car. You will lose control and crash. Don't ignore replacing the tie rods if they are defective.