[Healeys] Steering question

i erbs eyera3000 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 13:30:44 MST 2015

I switched to Penright oil to stop it from leaking and it really improved
the steering response too. You need to pump it as it is very thick and will
not pour.

Mr. Ira Erbs
On Dec 28, 2015 12:19 PM, "Michael Oritt" <michael.oritt at gmail.com> wrote:

> All--
> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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