Well the IJ Mini failed its first MOT after 9 years off the road. Not as bad as I had expected. Both steering rack gaiters had splits that I hadn't noticed. Getting ready for fiiting the new ones and the lube that came out of the rack was very fluid and grey in colour. The Haynes manual indicates SAE90 for early racks and semi-fluid grease for later ones. As what came out looked like a combination of both, just wondering what I should refill with.
Steering Rack Lube
Posted 08 May 2019 - 05:53 PM
Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:12 PM
EP90 stays in very well actually, unless a gaiter is damaged. The only problem is getting it in! Easy with rack off car, drivers end uppermost, large gaiter clip undone.
In situ, you can loosen driver's side gaiter to track rod clip and insert a thin tube, then use a syringe or funnel to feed in the correct amount. An offcut of cunifer brake pipe or the smallest size of plastic windscreen washer tube will go in, if the gaiter is made from the correct material there is a useful amount of stretch.
If possible jack up the driver's side of the car as high as possible and support securely on axle stands to encourage the oil to go to where it is needed.
Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:09 AM
Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:37 AM
Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:40 AM
Last rack i fitted I just slapped in. Should I have done this ?
I have done the same. Purchased a brand new one from minispares.
I didn’t see anything on their website or the rack itself that would suggest it needed filling first. I presumed, maybe wrongly it would have been prefilled
Posted 18 May 2019 - 11:01 AM
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