The Oil cooler install is being delayed due to a parts mess up, hopefully that should be solved before the Honda challenge race at the end of the month at Buttonwillow Race track in Cali. With alot of downtime I need to work on two items before I went back out to race again. The first one is just maintenance that I had delayed til now.
The bellows boot on my steering rack was torn and this will cause contamination of the grease inside. The droplets of grease on the outside where from my second problem, a leaking axle.
In order to remove the boot, the tie rod must be removed also. I removed the outer spring clamp and the inner band clamp on the boot, these are not used again. I also loosed the tie rod nut.
After taking off the cotter pin and the nut on the tie rod, I had to use a puller to remove the rod. Once off I counted how many turns to unscrew the rod so as not to mess up the cars alignment.
Here is the steering rack with no boot. I cleaned off the old grease and applied a liberal amount of new all purpose synthetic grease in it’s place.
Fresh Clean boot. Replace everything you took off and your done.
As I stated before in my recap of the Spring Mountain track event, on my last run of the I began to hear a terrible screech from my wheels. I parked the car and found grease had flung itself on most parts of the underside of the car. I found no rips or tears in the boot and figured that the 12 years old grease was being heated beyond it’s capabilities and seeping around the band on the axle boot. New race axles are about $400 for a pair and I can get them with high temp grease added.
I wanted to try and fix the problem myself before i put down so much money on new axles. The tube of high temp grease was only $16 shipped
I am going to reuse the boots, so I just cut the bands holding it on.
I knew I can’t clean all the old grease out, so I wiped as much as I could.
I packed alot of the high temp grease to replace what I cleaned and what had been thrown out.
I hope this solves the problem. If not then I know how to fix it til I get home, and order a new set of axles. I do plan to at least get some gauges installed so i can see how hot the oil gets during the runs and how necessary the oil cooler will be.