Assessing the Condition of the Steering System of an Accident Vehicle

The steering gear may remain on the car if all the following conditions are met:

- No visible damage to front-axle components such as wheels, king pins, control arms, steering arms, tie rods, to frontaxle crossmember, steering shaft, as well as to the suspension mountings at the body.

- No inadmissible increase of torque and no binding or stiffness when the steering gear is turned from lock to lock. When moving the steering form lock to lock, the front wheels must be off the ground (front axle raised) and the engine must be stopped (no drive to power steering pump).

- Admissible suspension alignment tolerances must not be exceeded.

The steering box must be replaced or exchanged if any of the following points apply:

• Damage to steering gear is visible or can be felt

• Burning damage (e.g. bellows of steering burnt)

Replacing the steering in case of accident damage

Printed in Germany - XXXI, 1993

Permanent deformation or cracking of:

Steering gear mounts Tie rods Steering arms King pins Control arms

Front-axle crossmember (engine mounts)

If the above criteria are not sufficient for a decision, it is recommended to exchange or replace the steering gear.

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