davetherave wrote:Mission cruise control coming soon...
Hope my findings helps get yours working again Dave
This weekend I prepped the Activa for it's MOT. All fine except...
And I checked this because the V6 failed on it last time round...
A split steering rack gaiter
Luckily, on the RH (Drivers) side so not the hard side.
An hour I thought will see this done and dusted. A trip to our local factors got one and where I discovered I'm now a true and pukka trade customer
To change the gaiter it's firstly necessary to remove the track rod end. Normally this is easy.
First problem was the 16mm nut did not want to come fully off; it got tight at the bottom of the thread despite plenty of wire brushing and Plus Gas and then, on a final turn, the taper "broke" meaning it just spun uselessly. I had to G-cramp the track rod end down tight so that the taper could "bite" again and allow the nut to come off. Finally it did..
Then I undid the locknut on the end of the thread where the end screws into the track rod proper. That was easy.
But would the end move? No way. It was very content where it was and no amount of persuasion would move it
In the end the propane was called for and even after a good heat it was still incredibly recalcitrant
More heat and more Plus Gas finally got a barest hit of movement and agonizingly slowly, by screwing back and forth, the end eventually screwed off..
What a bloody hell of a job. That bit alone took two hours...
Then it was just a case of fitting the new gaiter. This should be a simple job but access is incredibly poor and the only access is from under, lying on your back, trying to get a greasy gaiter end onto the end of the rack. It's one of those "have 16 goes, give up and try agin" sorts of jobs. It seems impossible and just when you are about to explode, it pops on so easily.
Then it's just the fiddly task of fitting a cable tie to secure it.
Still, 'tis done and I can find nothing else so later this week she'll be presented to the nice MOT man for her yearly check-over and the one visit she makes to a garage in the course of a year.
Strange I've now had two cars afflicted with the same unusual-ish problem in the same year. Must be something in the air...