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New steering rack - how tight ????

Subject: New steering rack - how tight ????
From: "A.D.Smith" <>
Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 22:58:56 +0100
Having just fitted a new steering rack to my 77 midget, and carefully followed 
the alignment procedures in the workshop manual, I find that the steering is 
now very
heavy and tight. So tight that it doesn't even self-centre!

Is this normal on fitting a new rack, and will it just free up in time (if so, 
much time ?). If not, should I talk to the reconditioners who sold me the rack, 
maybe get some shims to reduce the pinnion preload.

I need a farirly quick answer too I`m afraid - we're due to go on a 1000 mile 
starting this weekend !

Help ....


Andy Castellano Smith.          | email:
Image Processing Group.         |
Cunliffe Labs, New Guy's House. | tel. : 0171 955 4208
Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT. | fax. : 0171 955 4913

       1977 Chrome Bumper Midget "Mungo" for short.
DPO of 1975 Rubber Bumper Midget "Mary"  for short.

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