1. Check the steering
Check the steering angle to both sides, backlash (max 2-3 cm), the ability for the steering wheel to centre itself, abnormal noises and the car’s directional stability.
2. What might the reason be if the car is not directionally stable?
Problems with the fore carriage, like uneven tire pressure or a misalignment in the suspension.
3. Check if the power steering is working
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
4. Is it safe to drive with no working power steering?
This is not justifiable on new cars as they have electronic power steering and the steering wheel can get locked.
5. Check if the car’s steering stability
On a straight road, free of cars, rest your hands lightly on the steering wheel and drive at a steady pace (30 km/h). If you feel the vehicle pulling to one side, then the wheels may be misaligned.