|Correct condition and operation.
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
See also braking
system inspection and braking
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