Wow....hit a raw nerve.
Lots of responses that all mention Penrite Steering Lube. I tried the 80/90
weight and that was probably my problem.
Many also mentioned the Olive which I will check.
Thanks for all the feedback.
From: Roland Wilhelmy [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: April 12, 2006 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: Leaking Steering Box
The repair is time and space consuming. Buy the thickest oil you can
find (STP and an oil additive made by Lucas Oil are the thickest I
know of) and see if the leakage stops. It will be time next winter to
repair the seal or shaft or both, if the leak is coming from the
bottom of the box where the steering lever connects..
If the drip is coming from the "olive" at the end of the box where the
wires come out, that is simpler. If that is the problem, get another
olive (cheap) from Mike Salter and install carefully. The leak should
The quickest fix is one described in the Healey Surgeons website, but
it only works if the shaft itself isn't worn.
On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 23:04:39 -0700, you wrote:
::Anybody out there have any experience with a leaking steering box?
::I filled mine up yesterday (it was bone dry) for the spring.
::Today I notice that the floor under the car has a small oil puddle from
::leak. I think it may be coming from the spline.
::So, my question is..Is this a common problem and is it worth the effort to
::fix (or do I keep a quart in the trunk?)