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, spring struts, wheel carriers, control arms, steering arms, tie rods, on front-axle crossmembers, on front-axle side members steering shaft as well as body mounts of suspension components.

- No inadmissible increase of torque and no binding or sticking when the steering gear is turned from lock to lock. When turning the steering gear, the front wheels must be off the ground (front axle raised). In addition, the engine must be switched off (power steering pump without drive).

- Admissible tolerances of suspension alignment 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

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• Permanent deformation or cracking of: Steering gear mounts Tie rods Steering arms

Spring struts (except for 928) Wheel carriers Control arms Front-axle side members Front-axle crossmember

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

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