Steering gear arm bush
Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:47 PM
Finished my last exam today and driving home (car is a 280zx) noticed my steering clunked, turns out the the gear arm (as my hayes referes to it as) is loose, i think it's just a bushing that's needed. (Where it attaches to the side of engine bay not cross rod end.)
My question: is there a more common name this arm is referred to as? can't really seem to find anything about gear arms on auszcar or any bush kits. Seeing as the remainder of the bush crumbled in my fingers when i unbolted the arm it might be best to do other bushings too i guess!
Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:22 PM
Read a few posts regarding best places to purchase complete bushing sets, I only wanna do the steering linkage for now as i'll probably put new springs in in the near future and i'll play round with those bushings then. But is it possible to buy bush kits just for the steering linkage. Also how hard is replacement of bushings? Do the kits tell you where each one goes!? I don't really feel like completing a which-shape-fits-in-which-hole puzzle.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:47 AM
I have nearly finished replacing all the bushes in my 260z 2 seater, so I may be able to help. Do you mean the steering coupler (round rubber deal with 4 holes)?
Anyway if you have photos I may be of assistance.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 05:07 PM
I guess i'll just buy a complete set and do the others anyway. Not really sure a) what i need in the set and b) what a good or bad price is. found this on ebay:
postage is about 75US ontop of that.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:38 AM
With the $AUD really strong now, it represents good value.
In terms of matching up the bushes, it is intimidating when you open up the box of nolathane but once you get under the car you will find that the bushes can only sensibly go in one place. Mine had some labels but they were pretty vague (referred to things like c-arm, a-arm, etc etc), so I just put them where they fit.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:56 AM
But that kit looks like everything i'd need? this is a larger image of it:
cheers for the help.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 11:09 AM
With mine, I didn't get to use all my bushes, because (it's a 260z) there is a particular issue with getting the spindle-pin out of the rear A-arm. In the end I decided that it was more trouble than it's worth.
I don't know if there are similar problems with the 280, but being a 30 year-old car I suspect similar issues in terms of bolts and stuff being seized are going to arise. Your main issue is not going to be sorting out where the bushes go, but separating all the components.
So, you will need to make sure the car is really, really securely raised up in the air, with a lot of redundancy in the jack stands, jacks etc. Because you will, more likely than not, need to exert some fairly serious forces with a breaker bar and a good quality socket and extension set.
Best of luck!
Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:43 PM
Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:55 PM
As I said, mine didn't have end links but I did get steering coupler, as well as steering rack bushes. Your rear sway bar mount bushes (the square shaped ones with round holes) look the same as mine, but the front ones (the D-shaped items) seem to have 4 items - so there is either 4 mounts, or they are some kind of 2-piece item.
But in any case, if your existing bushes are as flogged out as mine were, it will be a worthwhile investment of time/money.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 02:07 PM
Anyway, i'll email him and ask.
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