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The lubricant inside manual steering rack EA81?

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Soon going to be fitting new inner and outer tie rods to a steering rack, think I should know the how and what to check and top up the slippery internals if anyone knows??

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Good idea thanks. I have not even looked at my spare rack to see what is what under all the paint the reco boys slapped on it years ago. Might be a drain refill plug. No idea if it is oil or grease ...a look through genuine manual might assist me too ///just too lazy maybe ??

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Someone replaced the fluid in their struts a few years ago - I think they were air struts so they were worth keeping and refreshing unlike normal coil overs.

 

Person detailed drilling, measuring, fluid type matching, choosing and refilling. That thread might be useful on a project like this.

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Where's GD? He has a post from 2004? discussing a lubricant found in the manuals step by step not in the specs area...is called Valiant grease M2 and back then SOA wantedUs$90 a tub.

 

Somewhere further someone said they were just gonna go a general porpoise grease.

 

Has no one else pulled a rack apart?

 

I drilled little divots in the body to line up with another in the lock but of the tension adjuster and started to pull to bits. She's a bit dry.... Gonna research this Valiant Grease ...M2 might be a clue. ...someone called green grease has a waterproof grease which would be a good start. Stupid is I only looked at this after I stuck new inner tie rods on. Looks very basic. Need to pull apart further to clean ant nasty stuff out and renew the g r e a s e

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As an update been to dealer Valiant Grease M2 or its part number comes up blank. The top seal for the pinion shaft ditto

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The only valiant grease info I could find was for R2. Perhaps a typo in your docs?

 

Here's the R2 info:

 

Shell Valiant R2 Grease

 

use

z Shell Valiant R2 grease for lubricating plastic ball joint on the vehicle;

z Shell Valiant R2 for low-speed sliding contact with plastic and metal rolling friction and lubrication;

z Shell Valiant R2 has excellent adhesion, low temperature properties and oxidation stability;

 

 

composition

fromSynthetic base oil, a lithium soap thickener, containing antioxidant additives and polymers;

 

 

Temperature range

from40 ℃ to 130 ℃

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Thanks for your efforts there on R2. M2 is not a misprint just something special from pre everyone's internet. Saw a steering specialist who uses Castrol EPL zero grade which is a sloppy semi oil semi grease but m2 suggests it is a mineral base and thicker than slop. The white grease I see is also drier than slopbut is also thirty years old.

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Look up in the factory service manual what is used, contact an aftermarket company such as Redline or Motul and ask if they have an equivalent grease.

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Thanks Car freak. Factory manuals is where the name Valiant comes from in first place. Waiting on Fuchs reps to come back to me, been onto Shell as they do a Valiant R2 so looks like Shell did stuff in first place for Fuji. Been at dealer and computer blanks on part number. Settled on a tub from a vat of Castrol EPL zero grade from the steering specialists. Looks like cross between Aeroplane Jelly and Vegemite.

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