[Healeys] Steering Box Questions

simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com
Sat Jan 25 14:12:45 MST 2020

I took someone’s advice and bought a John Deere grease gun and a couple of tubes of their “Cornhead Grease”. One tube will probably be enough…..

The grease gun has a one-handed pistol grip pump action and a long flexible tube/nozzle.  You can get it right up to or into the steering box. I forget. Decent item and I needed a modern grease gun anyhow.

The grease is, they do say, “Specially formulated not to leak from the corn head gearcase or drain from the gears during idle periods”. Followed by a load of guff with lots of long words. Personally, I don’t have a clue as to what a “corn head” is though it sounds a bit like Bart Simpson. However, I sort of recall one of our experts saying that it’s designed application was perfect for our steering boxes.

Works for me,



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of Roger Grace
Sent: 25 January 2020 19:18
To: Austin Healey <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Steering Box Questions


Two questions for the more experienced among us ...


My BJ8 steering box is leaking. From the front cover and more significantly from the shaft.


Firstly, is it possible to replace the shaft oil seal without removing the box ? - that is not going to happen at the moment.

Looks sort of feasible to me and possibly the most difficult issue would be extracting the old seal ?


Secondly as often mentioned here is to refill the box with some Penrite or similar NGLI 00 liquid grease. Is there a sensible/practical tecnique to get it into the filler hole ?. Grease gun with plastic tube ? Sounds messy job to me.


Comments/ideas appreciated.



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