Mazda 3 since 2003
1. Operation and maintenance of the car
2. Engine
3. Transmission
4. Running gear
5. Steering mechanism
5.1. General information
5.2. General checks
5.3. Working operations with the steering mechanism
5.3.1. Precautionary measures during the work with system of passive safety (SRS)
5.3.2. Removal, check and installation of a steering wheel and steering column
5.3.3. Dismantling of the steering mechanism and steering drafts
5.3.4. Check of the steering mechanism and steering drafts
5.3.4.1. Check of a steering rack
5.3.4.2. Check of a tip of steering draft
5.3.4.3. Check of steering draft
5.3.5. Removal and installation of the pump of the hydraulic booster
5.4. Tables
6. Brake system
7. Onboard electric equipment
8. Body
 








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5.3.4.2. Check of a tip of steering draft

Check a tip of steering draft for existence of cracks and damage of a protective cover. Replace it if necessary.
Check a gap in the spherical hinge. Replace a tip of steering draft if necessary.
Turn a hinge finger five times.

Fig. 5.28. Check of the moment of resistance to rotation of a finger of the spherical hinge


Measure the moment of resistance to rotation of a finger of the spherical hinge, using special adaptation and a dynamometer (fig. 5.28).
Moment of resistance to rotation: 0,4–2,7 N · m.
Indications of a dynamometer: 3,4–25,5 N.
If the result of measurement differs from specified, replace a tip

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