Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 23:37:15 +0000 (UTC)
From: craignopsam.apana.org.au (Craig Ian Dewick)
Subject: Re: C900 steering gear potential problems...


Grunff <grunffnopsam.com> writes: >Craig Ian Dewick wrote: >> The oil appears to be fresh, but it doesn't look to be power steering fluid >> as the level in the power steering reservoir hasn't changed markedly. >Almost certainly steering fluid, accumulated over time. This is what I'm suspecting. Once I get a chance to lift up the car properly to get under it I'll look at the problem more closely. >> I have to jack the car up properly to get a good look at it, but I'm >> guessing something might be leaking steering fluid, or on of the oil seals >> around the bottom of the transmission might have developed a leak. >It would have a job finding it's way into the steering boot. That's what I would have thought too. I'm guessing that I need to replace the seals and have found a place which has quite a lot of them available so when they arrive I'll work on fixing them. >> How easy it is to work on the steering equipment? >Not at all difficult, but this depends on you level of experience. >You'll need a ball joint splitter, and you'll need to cut down a spanner >(17mm IIRC) to easily reach the hydraulic unions. A friend of mine has a ball joint splitter which he's said I can use. I'll work out the spanner I need in the next few days. There's probably a special Saab tool for it.. might try to track one down. > > Is it something which should be done by a specialised >> mechanic who deals in steering/suspension/etc.? >It's just nuts and bolts like the rest of the car. Well I'll have a look and do what I can. It's all a learning experience! Craig. -- Craig Ian Dewick (craignopsam.apana.org.au). http://nospam/~craig APANA Sydney Regional Co-ordinator. Operator of Jedi (an APANA Sydney POP). Always striving for a secure long-term future in an insecure short-term world Have you exported a crypto system today? Do your bit to undermine the NSA.

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