How Much Does Tie Rod Replacement Cost?

The car’s steering wheel is connected to a steering gear which helps turns the wheel.  Essentially, this gear is then connected to what’s known as the tie rods and do exactly what they sound like:  tie together components.  The tie rods are responsible for making sure the wheels are aligned and helps provide the adjustment for wheel alignment to make sure the inner and outer edges of the tires don’t wear out.  If they do wear out, the wheels will eventually lose its alignment, essentially causing the tires and the steering wheel to shake while driving.

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How much does tie rod replacement cost?

Make/ModelTie Rod Replacement (Labor AND Parts)
BMW$220 to $450
Chevrolet Trailblazer$155 to $350
Chevy Impala$250 to $350
Dodge Caravan$250 to $350
Ford Escape$200 to $430
Ford F-150$220 to $320
Ford Focus$125 to $300
Ford Ranger$260 to $375
Honda Accord$275 to $380
Honda Odyssey$175 to $325
Jeep Wrangler$250 to $400
Mazda 3$175 to $250
Nissan Altima$230 to $300
Pontiac G6$210 to $300
Volkswagen Jetta$150 to $250

NOTE:  These quotes came from various mechanic quotes and forum threads.

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Average Reported Cost: $565.25

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  1. martha (indiisapolis,  Indiana) paid $506 and said:

    Crazy!!! only front end tire rod needed to be replaced. Meineke is not the place to go. This was just a quote and I did not have it repaired at this location.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Mike (Shelbyville,  Indiana) paid $160 and said:

    I had a friend do it, cost $50 for parts, 110 for labor.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Pamela Elder (Portland,  Maine) paid $495 and said:

    Is this a bad price for a dealership to replace a tie rod on 2010 Subaru Forester? Alignment included.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Messina (North Haven,  Connecticut) paid $1100 and said:

    THIS WAS THE EST. TO REPLACE BALL JOINTS AND TIE ROD ON A 2007 LINCOLN TOWN CAR.iS IT A FAIR PRICE FROM THE DEALER

    Was it worth it? Yes

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