[Healeys] Steering Box Questions

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Sat Jan 25 18:16:49 MST 2020

It can be nigh impossible to get a puller on the pitman arm, but if you 
can get the bolts out you can turn the box out 90deg and get to it from 
the 'side.'  I sacrificed a cheap, long slotted screwdriver and bent the 
very tip to improvise a puller.  I ground the tips of couple eighth-inch 
dia. steel rods to make a long, flat blades to tap the new seal in.   
It's a bear, but it can be done.

I agree with Michael on (not) using grease.


On 1/25/2020 11:33 AM, Michael Salter wrote:
> I know that I will raise the ire of some with this but, I would not 
> recommend any type of grease unless it becomes a liquid at normal 
> operating temperatures.
> My problem with grease is that the steering box rocker shaft runs 
> steel on steel at the top the tube of the steering box. I have rebuilt 
> quite a few of those boxes and encountered considerable wear of the 
> shaft at that point when they have been low on oil, as in empty, or 
> have been filled with grease because the grease does not seem to get 
> to that area.
> As for changing the seal without removing the box it is possible. A 
> small pitman arm puller can be maneuvered into position to remove the 
> arm then it is just a case of digging the old seal out with an ice 
> pick or dental hook.
> Replace the original single seal with a pair of SKF /CR9815 seals and 
> you will be good to go.
> For the front cover, remove it carefully so as not to damage the 
> bearings then reassemble with the slightest amount of sealant between 
> each of the shims and the cover.
> M
> On Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 2:18 PM Roger Grace <roggrace at telus.net 
> <mailto:roggrace at telus.net>> wrote:
>     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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