There are certain warning signs you can watch for, though. Loose steering, uneven tire wear, and clunking noises during low speed steering are all symptoms of tie rod wear. Loose steering tends to be a sign of a problem with the inner tie rod end, while the aforementioned clunking noise can frequently indicate a problem with the outer tie rod end. Vibrations or wobbly steering can indicate play in the drag link. This can be assessed by trying to move the center drag link by hand; it should hold tight.
Located in the front suspension, the inner tie rod connects the steering rack to the outer tie rod. As inner tie rods wear your vehicle may experience noise during driving, a "sloppy" feel when steering, or issues getting your vehicle aligned.