The tie rod assembly is a brand new tie rod with a new tie rod end attached. These are OEM quality. This tie rod assembly fits both driver and passenger side. If you have had a collision with a curb or a pot hole, or you are having trouble getting your alignment right, make sure you check your tie rod. The rod itself can be bent and/or the tie rod end can develop too much slack. You can also take the time now to switch out all of your original suspension components with the upgraded control arms and tie rod kit below. This will keep your Passat running down the road smoothly for years to come.
If you're trying to get the front suspension back to where it use to be, make sure to inspect your ball joints and replace if needed. Too much slack in the tie rod ends or the ball joints will result in shaky steering and the inability to align it properly.