[Healeys] Steering Box Questions

Team.net lawrence.swift at gmail.com
Sat Jan 25 14:40:28 MST 2020

Agreed, works for me too.

> On Jan 25, 2020, at 4:12 PM, <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> wrote:
> 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,
> Simon
> 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.
> rg
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