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Hi guys,
I am reading through the servicing manual and there are a few items that kinda give me a blank look:

- check condition of flexible couplings: I am guessing this is all the rubber couplings used under the car. Does anyone have photos of the cars underside and an idea of what to look for?

- tighten steering wheel securing bolts? any pics of the place there are located?

- lubricate cardon joints & sliding ports on the propeller shaft

- check steering damper securing bolts for tightness & secure seating. I know where these are but more for anyone else who is having similar questions

-check track rod and drag rod linkages for play & inspect rubber gaiters (this one had be pickup oxford dictionary) and finally...

- lubricate throttle linkages

If anyone has pics that would be greatly appreciated... would make life easier and servicing our cars better.
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Can anyone confirm whether the wear on the steering rubbers is normal? Do they need replacement? Also the steering damper has oil ... is this a sign of a worn steering damper that would need replacement soon? tx
 

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Can anyone confirm whether the wear on the steering rubbers is normal? Do they need replacement? Also the steering damper has oil ... is this a sign of a worn steering damper that would need replacement soon? tx
If the steering damper is leaking, it would seem obvious that it will need to be replaced, if not immediately, than soon. They are not supposed to leak..... :)
 

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well i does have some oil as you can see in the pic above.. so i am wondering whether this is normal... or not how it is supposed to be. You can only see it when the wheel is locked full to the right.
 

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A steering damper is basically just a shock absorber laying on it's side.
If it is leaking as yours appears to be, it is already broken, and only a matter of time before it fails completely.

STEERING DAMPER (STABILIZER)

When it fails, you will feel a lot more roughness in the feedback of the steering wheel.
 
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1) - check condition of flexible couplings: I am guessing this is all the rubber couplings used under the car. Does anyone have photos of the cars underside and an idea of what to look for?

2) - tighten steering wheel securing bolts? any pics of the place there are located?

3) - lubricate cardon joints & sliding ports on the propeller shaft

4) - check steering damper securing bolts for tightness & secure seating. I know where these are but more for anyone else who is having similar questions

5) -check track rod and drag rod linkages for play & inspect rubber gaiters (this one had be pickup oxford dictionary) and finally...

6) - lubricate throttle linkages


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1) I called it flexible disc (it has many names). Most rear wheel drive car have these flex disc. It a 1-2 inch rubber disc that connect the drive shaft to the tranny and rear differential. The flex disc job is to absorbed the sudden shock power tranfer from the tranny to the drive shaft and drive shaft to the rear differential. Just imagine if you bolt the drive shaft to the tranny without the flex disc in between, the sudden power transfer from the tranny to the drive shaft can snap the bolt right off. To check, if the rubber have not sign of crack (crack like you would see on the serpertine belt), it should be ok.

2) Bullsh%^T service, don't waste your money.

3) Another bullsh^%^T service, joints are sealed.

4) Another bullsh%$%t service, I just replaced one a steering damper on a customer car and I know what those bolts look like.

5) You can jack up your car test for free play in the rod yourself just by placing your hands on the wheel and shake it. It should be tight and have no movement what so ever.

6) You can just spray WD-40 yourself.
 

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