Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems-Brought to light on this video.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Of course, here in the UK, steering and suspension problems, account for many of the MOT failures. So, your car can fall victim to any number of suspension and steering problems. Consequently, there are a few that are more common than others. So, here’s a guide to a couple of the most common suspension and steering problems. Including. what the MOT test says.

Steering and suspension Failures

Things to check Inside the car
The steering wheel and steering column, check for movement and wear.
Steering wheel condition, check for wear and breakages.
 Your steering wheel must be securely fixed to the steering shaft
• upper bearings of the steering
column must be inspected for wear
The steering shaft is checked for excessive end float
Clamping bolts security, visual inspection.
The split pins and locking nuts
 Check for any’free play’ in the steering
 Check the Flexible couplings and universal joints.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Importantly, under the bonnet checks
Of course, this procedure is dependent on the type of vehicle. Including, the steering system used.
 A check must be made on the security of the steering rack or steering box and its mountings
• Test for any movement in the steering joints
 The same for the Swivel joints which are part of the steering system and can be readily inspected from under the bonnet will require inspecting.The new MOT test now includes a check on the presence and correct function of the cars steering lock where fitted as a standard Item.
Any missing, or split and damaged rubber dust covers on all the steering and suspension ball-joints will result in a failure if they will allow dirt and grit to enter the joint.Power steering fluid level must be above the minimum level indicated on the reservoir.• Vehicle stands on special Swivel plates the wheels are turned from lock to lock and checked to ensure that wheels and tyres do not foul of either the structure of the vehicle or any brake pipes or hoses.
 So, make sure that wheel bearings are checked.
Steering rack gaiters/front outer constant velocity joint boots are examined.
 Subsequently, make sure that your cars Metal and rubber bushes are checked.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Under vehicle steering and suspension checks
 Check all the steering joints.
 Inspect the power steering systems.
 Inspect the security of attachment of the steering rack or steering box. Check the tightness of the nuts and bolts, and structural cracking or corrosion of the vehicle chassis where it is attached.
 Inspect also the split pins and locking nuts and other locking or retaining devices relate to steering components. Some cars have an element of rear wheel steering which is checked from beneath the car. The front suspension is checked, but also the rear for:
 So,Look out for any excessive wear to the Wheel bearings.
  Finally, look at the condition of the front drive shafts and CV joints.

Of course, for more info, check out the About.com article:
http://autorepair.about.com/od/troubleshooting/a/ts_suspesnion.htm

 

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *