[DML] Re: Rebuilt my steering rack...early car question
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[DML] Re: Rebuilt my steering rack...early car question

Believe it or not, I refilled my rack with it still in the car (jacked
the driver's side incredibly high). Even then, the oil needed a grease
dam on the underside of the rod to keep it from running out. Building
that dam surely forced grease into the rack. I also packed the boots
with grease. Haven't noticed any steering issues since.

BTW: Here's a neat trick to install the passenger boot with the rack
still in the car: slip a cardboard tube over the lip at the end of the
rack. The boot slides over the cardboard. Then simply cut the tube and
pull it out, leaving the boot over the lip. 

Driver's side is no problem to install normally since you can access
the lip from above.

I've got rust issues on my front end (Philadelphia car), and decided
that trying to remove the rack posed too much risk of damage. Some
dogs you just let lay.

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Matthew" <matthew.spittle@...> wrote:
> Our new D owner Chuck H. (from WI) helped me to rebuild my steering
> rack recently.  Chuck had done all of the major disassembly of the
> unit, and said that my rack was filled with grease, and not gear oil.
>  He said my rack was one of the best that he's seen with no rust on
> the bearings, and that when he rebuilds his "new" car's rack, he would
> be using grease in his too (instead of the gear oil).  
> The question came up as to whether or not my rack, being from an
> earlier car (#1604) was loaded with grease, but the later cars have
> gear oil in their racks?  John Hervey had mentioned before that
> something is different about the steering racks in the earlier cars. 
> I forget what it was, though.  
> In any case, my rack has a 1/8" hole in the middle of the tube on the
> bottom to allow water (or oil) to drain out, and so without plugging
> that, I couldn't put gear oil in there even if I wanted to.  I am
> considering the idea of putting a grease zerk in there, though I'm not
> certain I'd be able to access it once the rack is back in the frame.
> thanks,
> Matt
> #1604

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