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Old 08-30-2007, 07:35 PM   #11
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Thanks for the pic Archon I get a better idea of the assembly. It looks like I will try and grease it from the top though. I will buy the bearings next week.-Ron
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Fixed for now, I took out the pass. side strut and didn't see a vantage point for grease. I was bummed so I put it back together. I decided to try to lube the bearings from the top. I had the wife turn the wheel from left to right in park while I dumped oil into the cup under the top washer on the strut. I took it for a ride and it was about 50% better, I loaded it up again this time I used a lot on both sides its 90-95% better now. It only makes a clunk now on a very hard right turn occasionally. I guess I will see how long this lasts, at that point I may decide to replace the bearings or just lube it again depending on how long it lasts. Thanks again for all the help you guys are life savers.- Ron
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Great! Happy to hear that it has improved. Now we know that at least some oil can get it there to settle things down for a while.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:43 PM   #14
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The noise came back half way home from traverse city this weekend. I guess Im going to try and replace the bearings tomorrow. I will try to shop around for the best price on them.
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Do I need to get a alignment after I replace the bearings?
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Yes, anytime the strut is removed from the car, an alignment is needed. If you are reusing the old struts, mark the position of the strut on the strut or steering knuckle. That will get you at least close to the right alignment.
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I replaced both bearings this afternoon it went smooth but wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I had no problems taking them out it was compressing and releasing the spring that was hard. I did notice that they have a blue mark on the spring and the plastic spring seat and on the mount to align when releasing the spring. I just replaced the bearings for $37 a piece at napa, autozone didn't sell the bearing by itself they tried to sell me the mount too @$75. I did hear the infamous grind noise again on a hard left turn. I checked the ps fluid and its quite low I will add fluid and hope the noise goes away. I have no fluid leaks at all though so I have no idea where the fluid went? My low speed clunks are all gone now I have a new found sense of accomplishment this afternoon. Thanks again for the diagram and advice Archon- Ron
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I used a turkey baster to remove the fluid at the bottom of the reservoir then replaced the fluid with lucas power steering fluid with rack conditioner. I did a baster removal two more times and I'm now happy with the result. The steering effort is zero and I have no whining noise at all. I had a good bonneville afternoon! I will continue to use lucas and ams products in all my internal combustion items. My 21.5 hp craftsman ltx 1000 hasn't had a oil change in over two summers and has very clean oil with ams oil 12m/36k. I blew up my zx9r with reg. oil and I have been into synthetic fluid since.
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Sounds like a nice productive weekend for you! For the power steering, check the high pressure hose crimp fitting right where it enters the rack from under the car on the passenger side. Those have been known to start leaking slowly.
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