[V8] steering rack mounting surface cracked

kneale at knitknacks.com kneale at knitknacks.com
Wed Oct 1 15:57:22 PDT 2008

I don't recall anyone else ever reporting that problem on a T44 or V8.

> When I took the 93 in recently to have the H&Rs swapped out for some stock
> springs, I also asked them to check the steering rack.  For some time, the
> steering wheel would not center after turning in either direction.  The
> steering would return to center and the car would track straight, but the
> steering wheel would be off a good bit to whichever side the direction of
> the previous turn was.
> It really caught my attention on an S-curve portion of city boulevard the
> other day when I was moving along a good bit over the limit and to turn
> back to the right at one point, I had to crank in a noticeable amount of
> add'l lock and it did not feel linear at all, it felt very disconnected
> like something was bending or moving other than mechanically.
> So they found a portion of body wall in the engine compartment cracked
> right where the driver's side end of the rack bolts to it.  It looked like
> fatigue cracks but I don't recall ever hearing of such a thing on a type
> 44.  It looked very much like the firewall cracking around the clutch
> master cylinder on CGTs and urqs for which I have installed Jeff Lewis
> braces on both of mine.
> They welded it up and it feels solid.  Has anyone else experienced this?
> Have I just missed or disregarded discussion of this on the list?
> Thanks,
> Ed
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