Hi all! So: I recently bought my first car, an 08 Subaru Outback. I took it to a mechanic for inspection before I bought it, and he told me the only mechanical issue with the car was that the rear tire rod was loose. I don’t notice anything that seems wrong when I drive the car, so I assumed I would wait until I started to feel unusual vibrating to treat it like a big deal. But while helping a friend move and driving slowly around the city with the car loaded full of stuff, I definitely noticed it vibrating more. My question is… when do I know the tie rods really need to be replaced? I know I’ll be replacing them soon, but I live somewhere with really bad roads and so I feel like it makes sense to try and squeeze as much longevity out of them as I can.
Edit… thanks for helping me perspective-ize this issue, y’all you’ve been a huge help. No longer putting it off at all!