I disconnect the joints from the diff. they are very loose. I ordered a
pair from SpitBits yesterday. Don't know what type I'm getting. Can't
believe its also doing the work of a suspension member. Manual says not to
leave the grease nipples in place as they can foul.
Should I just remove the whole hub-shaft-brake unit as a whole or try to
remove the joint from the splines of the shaft?
----- Original Message -----
From: Wayne Burton <Wayne_burton@bc.sympatico.ca>
To: Peter S. <email@example.com>; Spit-LIST <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 16, 1999 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: First run in 5 years
> >I just took my Spit out for its first 4 mile run in probably 5 years
> >only had it a couple months). Many things have been sorted and it looks
> >like its finally ready for a smog test and licensing. Yesterday I
> >the rear brakes and cleaned and painted the drums etc. Tonight while on
> >road I heard a faint tick tick tick sound that is coming from the right
> >wheel. Like a bad bearing or something. Directly related to the speed
> >the car. This is with or without the brakes on. Not like a rock in a
> >but more thumpy. Any ideas?
> >Peter S
> Very common problem with Spitfires and all Swing Axle Cars! Its the
> Universal Joints in the rear. They probably need grease from sitting so
> (I grease mine annually - driven or not!). If the grease trick doesn't
> then they need to be replaced. Since they are about the hardest working
> in the entire suspension system, they need a lot of attention.
> Make sure you get hardy-spicer or similar ones, as the ones made in japan
> are _very_ hard to install correctly, due to the size of the bearing
> retaining rubbers on the spiders.