Safety With Steering and Suspension Systems
Keep these 6 safety precautions in mind when working with steering and suspension systems.
1. When removing the steering wheel, always use the
correct puller for safe removal.
2. The suspension system has many parts that are
under high pressure and tension. These include
the shocks, springs, and torsion bars. When these
parts are removed incorrectly, they can pop out
violently, causing serious injury. Make sure all
tension has been removed from these components
before removing them from the street rod.
3. Many parts and assemblies on suspension systems
must be removed in the correct sequence.
Incorrect disassembly may cause parts to drop or
to spring out unexpectedly. Always follow the
manufacturer’s suggested procedure when
removing suspension parts for the street rod.
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4. Always wear OSHA-approved safety glasses when
working on a suspension system or steering
5. When removing tie rods, they may be stuck in
place. Always use the correct tools to remove tie
rods (e.g., pickle fork).
6. Many of the steering and suspension systems parts
are heavy. Make sure you have the correct tools
and jacks to reduce any safety hazard.