[Healeys] Steering question

Michael Oritt michael.oritt at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 13:18:45 MST 2015


Thanks for the good suggestions.  After reading Joseph's I did a quick
check on the shocks and found I could tighten the upper shock mounts about
one flat (I have Putske's Bilstein shocks mounted) but to be on the safe
side I will give the entire front end a good nut and bolt before ruling
anything out.

I am running about 27 psi on the Michelin XAS's and I will also check toe
as per Dave Porter's suggestion.

In the meantime it has been quite a while since I have checked the fluid
level in the steering box and I ran out of time to check it today as  I
must move the cold air hose in order to get to it.  What is the preferred
lubricant for a box that has not shown any signs of leakage?

Best--Michael Oritt

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM, David Porter <frogeye at porterscustom.com>

> Wander is generally an issue with the toe-in/out. Check the tie toe ends
> for excessive wear..
> happy new year from Snippy..
> On 12/28/2015 12:23 PM, Michael Oritt wrote:
> I have a December, 1954 100.
> My wife and I went out for an extended ride yesterday. She drove first and
> though she does not have much experience with the car she is a quick study
> and good thinker. After she had driven for perhaps 20 miles she commented
> that the steering seemed go be "wandering" and required constant small
> adjustments to keep the car going straight. She felt that the condition did
> not start until after we had been driving for a while. I did not say
> anything and thought to myself that she simply was not used to the car.
> After about 50 miles we switched and--whether or not it was because of her
> comment--I noticed that the car did in fact want to wander and I had to
> stay on top of keeping the car from veering ever so slightly from left or
> right of center. The situation remained the same for the balance of the
> trip--about 150 or so miles in all till we came home.
> Whether or not this is relevant--once the wheel is turned to set up for a
> turn everything seems fine and the car holds a steady track through the
> turn. It was only when the wheels were straight ahead that the issue
> presented.
> I decided to address this today and with the car in the garage I find that
> there is virtually no play whatsoever in the steering--perhaps 1/2" or
> less--whether the front wheels are on or off the ground.
> ​The "adjustment" procedure described in the manual for "later" 100's
> simply tells me to loosen the lock nut, remove the cover plate and tighten
> down the adjusting screw to remove play.  I am not finding a lot of
> play--again 1/2" or less-whether the car is on the ground or in the
> air--except when we are rolling.
> I have, btw, checked for loose front wheel bearings by trying to wiggle
> the front wheels both from side to side and back and forth and everything
> feels just right.  Also I have observed the steering linkage from
> underneath and when I push the wheels from lock to lock I see no looseness,
> etc. in the end ball joints or the steering tie rods.
> ​ Suggestions will be appreciated....
> Best--Michael Oritt​
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