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Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:02 pm
by nickfair
Started using my 59 Dexta on the road and noticed the nearside steering drop arm from the rocker shaft moves excessively (unlike the offside which is ok) causing the wheel to oscillate left and right. It is even more noticeable with weight on the back. Can anyone help me to solve this one? Thanks Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:47 pm
by Billy26F5
See how tight the drop arm is, a loose one will wear beyond use quickly. If that doesn't sort it see if the rocker shaft moves with it, if so you'll have to open the sterring box and look inside.
Sandy

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:53 am
by nickfair
Thanks for the info, I'll have a look at that and see how it goes. Cheers Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:47 pm
by nickfair
The steering shaft has a lot of play as does the rocker shaft. To enable me to progress with this I am trying to remove the steering wheel. The steering nut is proving impossible to undo. Can anyone let me know how they have removed this nut and steering wheel?

I've been spraying WD40 copiously. Also I'm using a large open ended spanner that I've modified to fit, but would prefer a socket but don't know the size or where to get one?Thanks much appreciated. Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:21 pm
by Billy26F5
It's quite large, and you definitely want a socket, I can't tell you the size till tomorrow, try holding the wheel with one hand and pulling the spanner with the other. It will be a lot easier if someone else can help you with this as it gives more torque to shift the nut.
Sandy

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:43 am
by Bluebilly
To get steering wheels off I have an old 3 legged bearing puller that I modified. I took off the legs and got 3 lengths of chain in their place, just loop the chain round the spokes and back up to the spider where both ends are secured with a bolt. Where the chain touched the wheel spokes I have pieces of pipe that I used to avoid damaging the spokes. It works well for me. I've seen other designs, but they all work in a similar manner...I used chain because I just happened to have some hand and it was an easy, quick mod.

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:08 am
by Billy26F5
Bluebilly wrote:
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:43 am
To get steering wheels off I have an old 3 legged bearing puller that I modified. I took off the legs and got 3 lengths of chain in their place, just loop the chain round the spokes and back up to the spider where both ends are secured with a bolt. Where the chain touched the wheel spokes I have pieces of pipe that I used to avoid damaging the spokes. It works well for me. I've seen other designs, but they all work in a similar manner...I used chain because I just happened to have some hand and it was an easy, quick mod.
Nick is not quite at that stage yet. The nut measures 42 mm, a true hexagonal socket of that size will be fine.
Sandy

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:13 pm
by nickfair
Thanks for coming back to me with your solutions. I'll try the 42mm socket and chain; I was hoping there would be a way to lock the steering to secure it whilst wrestling with the steering wheel nut. I'll see how it goes.

Cheers

Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:54 pm
by John b
Hi Nick
If you can get hold of an impact driver, (big battery ones have alot more torque than air) you shouldn't need to lock the steering. I used my Makita on a Major steering wheel nut that as far as i know had never been off
John

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:16 pm
by Billy26F5
You could also turn fully left first, but I don't think you should risk damaging any bit by doing that, so don't strain it any more than you would by turning sharply.
Sandy

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 7:30 pm
by nickfair
Thanks, I tried turning it hard left then trying to undo the nut but it didn't feel good when the pressure went on hard so I backed off as I didn't want to risk damaging something. I'm sure I'll get there in the end though.

Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:06 pm
by nickfair
Got the steering nut off. Now trying to get the steering wheel off. Applied WD40 copiously for weeks to the steering wheel shaft spline. Used a puller but the steering wheel won't budge and is starting to deform. Any other suggestions how to remove it so i can replace the bearings? I notice on the replacement part the steering splines are very fine and must foul up easily and so I'm not surprised that it won't come off.

Nick

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 9:48 pm
by Billy26F5
Try adding diesel too and maybe giving it a gentle tap with the puller reasonably tight.
Sandy

Re: Excessive Steering Play

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2022 9:21 pm
by nickfair
Thanks, I'll try diesel. I've tapped the puller as I've tightened it though.