(a)  The inspection mechanic must raise vehicle to get beneath to check steering mechanism.

(b)  The steering mechanism shall not be approved if:

(1)           With front wheels in straight ahead position there is more than three inches of free play in steering wheels up to 18 inches in diameter or more than four inches of free play in steering wheels over 18 inches in diameter.  If vehicle is equipped with power steering, the engine must be operating.

(2)           Either front or rear springs are noticeably sagging or broken.

(3)           The front wheels or front end assembly is bent or twisted or bolts, nuts or rivets are loose or missing.

(4)           Power steering system shows visible leaks or the power steering belt is loose or worn.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 20-2; 20-39; 20-183.3(4);

Eff. October 1, 1994.