Steering linkage

A steering linkage is the part of an automotive steering system that connects to the front wheels.

Diagrammatic steering system

The steering linkage which connects the steering gearbox to the front wheels consists of a number of rods. These rods are connected with a socket arrangement similar to a ball joint, called a tie rod end, allowing the linkage to move back and forth freely so that the steering effort will not interfere with the vehicles up-and-down motion as the wheel moves over roads . The steering gears are attached to a rear rod which moves when the steering wheel is turned. The rear rod is supported at one end.


Most modern cars have a full mechanical steering linkage system, but a recent innovation is the steer by wire system.

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