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The entire steering and suspension system will be checked for function and security. The inspector will be looking for wear or damage within all steering and suspension components. 

Steering and suspension

The inspection will begin at the steering wheel. The steering wheel must be secure and in a reasonable condition. The steering wheel must be securely attached to the steering column. The steering column must be in good condition and it's joints (typically universal joints) must be free of excusive wear or float. The steering column bust be securely attached to the steering rack or steering box. The steering rack must be free from any oil leeks and it must have a rubber gaiter fitted to each end to prevent fluid loss from within the rack. If a steering box is fitted it will be checked for security and movement wear movement between the steering box and the drop arm. The rest of the steering system will be checked for wear and movement within it's links and joints. This will include top and bottom ball joints, track rod ends, steering arms and all other movable components within the steering system.


The suspension system is very much related to the steering system and it is very likely that both systems will be inspected at the same time. The inspection will cover springs, either coil springs or leaf springs for advanced corrosion or breakages. If an alternative spring configuration is installed the inspector will inspect such components as required. For example hydraulic suspension, or rubber suspension. 

Attention will also be paid to the top and bottom suspension mountings. There areas will be checked for signs of damage or corrosion. Shock absorbers will also be examined to spot leaks corrosion or signs of damage that may be present. All suspension links will also be inspected for evidence of wear or damage. This will include but it not limited to upper and lower wishbones, ant- roll bars, tie bars and all other suspension components.

See also braking system inspection and braking system maintenance

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