Checking power-assisted steering

Check a power-steering system at least twice a year - more often if recommended by the car handbo...

Refitting track rods and ball joints

Check that any parts you are not going to replace are undamaged before ordering replacements. Re...

Adjusting toe alignment on wheels

Front wheels wrongly aligned cause uneven tyre wear and may seriously affect the car's handling....

Replacing steering-rack gaiters

If a check of the rack gaiters reveals that the rubber is starting to crack, split or perish, rep...

Checking steering-rack security

Most modern cars have rack-and-pinion steering gear, mounted across the car. Usually the rack ho...

Setting the tracking

The front wheels on most cars are not set exactly parallel. Instead they point slightly in or sl...

How to lubricate the steering system

Most modern cars have sealed for life joints in at least part of the steering system. These do no...

Checking rack and pinion steering

Part of a steering rack check involves raising the front of the car but retaining its weight on ...

Adjusting and replacing a power-steering drive belt

The belt that drives a power-steering hydraulic-fluid pump is usually at the front of the engine...

Checking steering-box mountings

Places where vital components are mounted on the bodywork or chassis should be inspected at leas...

Lubricating steering swivel joints

Either or both of the upper and lower swivels may have grease nipples; ball joints have them on ...

Checking steering swivel pins

Steering swivel pins may wear out after a high mileage (60,000 plus), or sooner if they have not...

Checking steering joints for wear

The joints in a steering system all wear gradually and become slack. Because there are so many o...

Checking the steering box

A steering box check involves raising the front of the car but keeping its weight on the wheels,...

Replacing track-rod-end ball joints

Track-rod-end ball joints are not adjustable on later cars. If they wear, you must replace them....

Replacing other types of track rod

Renault outer rod Separate the outer ball joint from the steering arm (See Replacing track-rod-en...