[associates] Back up steering systems

  • From: cbckj@xxxxxxx
  • To: associates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:51:57 -0400

Thanks for a forum to discuss our issues.? It is really appreciated.? I am an 
inspector and have the unique opportunity to poke my head into, and around a 
lot of converted vehicles.? I am hoping to solicit opinions and guidance from 
this learned group of professionals, and to have some input into the general 
NMEDA community.? Please understand, I just want to stimulate some dialogue, 
not propose policy...case in point:
During inspections I have found that back up steering pumps are mounted in 
areas that are subject to damage even from minor impacts.? My concern is that 
these systems could rupture and leak with high pressure flammable fluids 
spraying?into the engine compartment. The pumps are frequently?mounted in the 
front bumper.? Back up steering systems have not changed in basic design for 
over 25 years.? One of my discussion points, (besides location change and 
design) is the actual need for these systems.? I have seen more problems with 
back up steering systems than I have heard reports that they serve their 
intended purpose.? The maintenance and installation issues are numerous.? Is 
the intended safety of this device worth the problems?? I'm? looking forward to 
your comments.
C. Kerry Jones
"The Space Between"

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