Worn Tie Rod Ends

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Careful with those loose tie rod ends. I lost one, unexpectedly as I was doing some loader work last year on a slope. It’s not pretty when one tire just buries itself against the axle and you lose complete control of steering….

I lost some sleep thinking “what if that happened at road speed near cars on the road”?
I’m thinking I wouldn’t be typing this right now if it did.
I asked my dealer about where they are most likely to fail and he told me they have not see one separate at the swivel joint but have had a few come in fractured between the joint and knuckle. This would make sense since the newer ones are much beefier in this area.

Where exactly did yours fail? did the joint separate or did the steel fracture?
 
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I asked my dealer about where they are most likely to fail and he told me they have not see one separate at the swivel joint but have had a few come in fractured between the joint and knuckle. This would make sense since the newer ones are much beefier in this area.

Where exactly did yours fail? did the joint separate or did the steel fracture?
Mine failed in the socket. It got wallowed out and popped off.
Scary
 
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I was doing my seasonal maintenance on a 3 year old 3620H and found both tie rod ends are loose at the ball coupling. Tractor has 250 hours and I have been relatively careful about not overloading the front end, turning to the stops and not turning while the tractor is stationary but they are still very loose. Talked with the dealer and found out this is only a 2 year warranty part and out of warranty for me. There is a beefed up factory replacement but they are $300+ per side which seems very over priced but not surprising in this current economic environment.

Has any one found an acceptable after market replacement that is less expensive? I know there have been a lot of broken parts probably from a combination of abuse and undersized design which is why the newer parts are beefed up. Thanks.
My tie rod ends and upper plates were replaced under warranty. The tie rod holes in the upper turning plate were egged out of round, but I thought the tie rods appeared normal. The newer pins in the tie rod ends are substantially larger as is the plate.
 
 
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