The eternal question of humanity, along with the search for the meaning of life – is it necessary to put the wheels right in the parking lot or leave them turned out? There is still no unequivocal answer to this question.
In all kinds of automotive forums, when discussing this issue, the audience is usually divided into three groups. One on the drum, in what position the steering wheel, others always try to put the wheels straight. Still others, on the contrary, always try to unscrew the wheels. So who is the truth behind?
Supporters of the direct position of the wheels when parking argue that the power steering system, as well as various silent blocks and rubber parts, suffer from an inverted steering wheel. As for the latter, when the wheel is turned, the load can only be experienced by the CV joints.
Theoretically, the boot, of course, will experience a tensile load when the wheel is everted, but, firstly, the angle of rotation of the CV joint is not so large, and, secondly, they are clearly designed with a much larger margin of safety.
It can burst in the cold, when the rubber becomes brittle, but this is more a question of the quality of the boot itself, made of a material with poor resistance to low temperatures. In general, no one has proven that the anthers are torn precisely because of the inversion – they usually fail due to old age or the abundance of aggressive substances in the road mud.
As for the power steering, in fact, in some service books, the manufacturer directly advises not to turn the steering wheel in order to avoid creating excessive pressure in the hydraulic system. However, this limitation applies, firstly, only to a car with a running engine.
Secondly, when the car starts up, the system itself shifts the steering wheel slightly from the extreme position. In general, if you do not hold the steering wheel in this position on a running machine, then nothing terrible should happen.
What’s really convenient about straight wheels is that if you suddenly forget to return the steering wheel to the correct position when starting off, you can suddenly start off to the side and hook something. And it’s good if it’s a curb, and not a nearby car or a bystander.
Those who always leave the wheels turned out claim that they will not be taken by a tow truck, and there is also less chance that a neighbor performing some kind of maneuver next to them will hook their wing, resting instead on the inverted wheel.
As for the tow truck, the turned-out wheels, of course, will complicate his work, but will not stop him. And it’s better not to park the car so that the tow truck took it, is it? The chances that an inattentive neighbor will hit the wheel are negligible.
In general, the conclusion is simple. Place the car as you see fit: neither one nor the other position does not cause much harm. Remember only that on slopes, according to traffic rules, the car must be parked with the wheels inverted to the curb, so that in case of an accidental rollback, it rested against it. In other cases, there is complete freedom.