carrying out this inspection, make sure that any mechanism
for adjusting the steering column is fully locked.
Exert reasonable pressure only on the steering wheel, particularly
when the steering column is collapsible
Check the strength and condition of the steering wheel by
applying reasonable force.
Steering wheel weakened by cracks or fractures, in a condition
that hampers proper control or Likely to injure the
driverís hands. Note:
Cracks or incompleteness of the covering skin of a steering
wheel or hub, are not a reason for rejection.
to some components
inspection of some components may require under-bonnet or
underside inspection. Use an assistant to operate
Push the steering wheel rim in various directions at right
angles to the column, while applying light pressure
downward and upward. Check for,
movement between column shaft and steering wheel
movement between the shaft and steering wheel
excessive play in column bearing
excessive radial movement (play) at the top of the steering
column between the column and the shaft indicating a badly
worn top bearing.
Some vehicles have flexible top bearings for the steering
column. With these more than average movement is acceptable.
insecurity at column top mounting bracket
insecurity at the steering column top mounting bracket.
Pull and push the steering wheel in line with the column.
Check for any movement at the centre of the steering wheels.
Certain types of steering column (eg those fitted with universal
joints or flexible couplings) may show some movement which
is not due to excessive wear and deterioration.
Excessive steering shaft end float.
Turn the steering wheel clockwise and anti-clockwise, checking
steering column couplings and clamp bolts for security.
Insecurity, excessive play or deterioration of a flexible
coupling or universal joint.
Check the presence and security of retaining and locking
devices. Note: The inspection is not concerned with
the type of locking device, only its presence and security.
A retaining or locking device missing or insecure.