All about Car Steering Parts

Checking auto steering parts is best achieved when the vehicle is on the ground in the park position and with the wheels pointed straight. This is sometimes referred to as checking the suspension while loaded.

This is a similar way the parts are utilized while driving. Checking the vehicle while on a lift with the front wheels hanging is alright for some suspension parts, yet this is not recommended for steering parts. Failure to check them loaded can result in poor diagnosis.

After your car has been securely positioned in the inspection area, with the wheels blocked, parking brake set and the gear selector in park to guarantee it doesn’t roll, you’re now prepared to check for front end steering looseness.

This is most effortless to accomplish with an associate that will be able to rock the steering wheel forward and backward while you inspect the movement on every individual joint with a flashlight in hand.

We recommend utilizing a similar procedure to check all steering parts and getting yourself into a routine that turns out to be second nature. We start our inspection on the driver side external tie rod end and work through to the passenger side of the vehicle one ball and socket joint at a time.

Amid this inspection, we will check the tie rod ends both inner and outer, the central link, idler arms, damper shock (if equipped), and steering box and Pittman arm. Tie rods are ball and socket type joints.

Checking Car Steering Parts:

At the point when these parts are mounted on a rack and pinion type steering the inner tie rod end will look quite different in relation to the outer, yet they do a similar thing.

In most cases these inner joints are as yet considered ball and socket type parts. Subsequently, they are checked in a similar way for looseness. You can utilize the procedure depicted above with an assistant or you can do it without anyone else’s help which is somewhat more difficult.

In either case you’ll be looking for total loose movement and checking these against your auto repair manual specifications. Loose movement or free-play is when the joint moves, but the part it’s connected to doesn’t. Also, remember that some movement or play is allowed in these ball and socket type joints. 

Back to Top

For more information about COVID-19 please visit: COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

For more information about POPI please visit our Privacy Policy page