[Healeys] Steering idler bits

Alan Bromfield bluehealey at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 01:41:34 MDT 2016

Hi Simon.
Yes, you have the components correctly identified. The 'bush' you identify
is actually nothing more than a foam collar which wicks up any seepage from
the box.  The oil seal is a standard design lip seal pressed into the
bottom housing of the box.  I believe an uprated alternative with double
lips is available but don't have details.
Replacement is easy after removing the drop arm (29). That's the rub! The
drop arm is fitted to a tapered spline with a 'blind' spline acting as a
keyway to ensure alignment. Getting the arm off the box can be a bear even
with the box out of the car.  I resorted to a hydraulic press, a big hammer
and a dolly (each side of the drop arm) to get mine off.
Nothing complicated but not for the faint hearted. Factor it in as a winter
job and if the arm isn't off in half an hour then take the box out of the
I'm in Dorset (near Shaftesbury). Let me know if you need a hand.


Alan Bromfield

On 3 August 2016 at 19:31, Simon Lachlan <simon.lachlan at homecall.co.uk>

> One for the experts........
> 1)      I hope that I’m right in my belief that I’ve labelled the correct
> same parts in the three attached pics??? I ask because they certainly don’t
> look the same; ie if you go from the parts book diagram to the two photos,
> the rubber bush looks to be twice the size and the seal bears very little
> resemblance to that in the diagram.
> 2)      Leaving aside that the whole area is covered in oil and filth –
> the residue of a leak incurred while fixing the trafficator – I think we
> can agree that the bush looks pretty well shot?
> 3)      Am I right in thinking that the seal and bush function to keep
> oil in as well as dirt out? ie that its condition matters??
> 4)      On the assumption that the bush needs replacing and that I’m
> going to do it ASAP, is the seal something that needs to be replaced as
> well or is it reusable?
> 5)      Yes, I have a fair collection of manuals to which I always
> refer.......But, is this one of those jobs, simple at first glance, which
> is full of hidden snags? I’ve not seen the dreaded words “Taking special
> tool” but I can’t be surprised any more by the unexpected in Healey land.
> Is this a job requiring big sockets and long bars or is there a hidden snag
> or two?
> Thanks,
> Simon
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