Dry steering

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Dry steering is the act of turning the steering wheel of a vehicle while the vehicle is stationary.

This action puts strain on the rack and pinion, pump, tie rods, and bearings[citation needed], especially causes undue wear to the steer wheels[clarification needed], and can be exceptionally difficult in the absence of power-assisted steering.

Although in most

modern cars the steering components are sturdy enough to handle dry steering without taking damage, it is still not recommended due to stronger tire wear[citation needed]. This is the reason automatic parking systems are usually designed not to dry steer[citation needed], although their design would be somewhat simpler if they used dry steering.