Lotus Elan

Differential problem

PostPost by: Rob_LaMoreaux » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:03 pm

Well I finally got the rear end of my car apart, and the problem wasn't
bearings. It was the ring bolts that had backed out. None were completely
out, and there were no signs of unusual amounts of metal in the oil, so I
think it will be OK. I am sure I torqued those bolts down well, so any
suggestions to keep them from backing out again?

Since I have everything out I am changing the springs to the stiffer ones I
had in the basement (115lb/in front, 95lb/inch rear) and putting the
adjustable spring perch in the rear. Hopefully I can get everything back
together Saturday and be ready for the next autocross Sunday.

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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:46 am

Rob,

I use red locktite on the bolts and no lock-tabs. I've never had one come loose, but i also meticulously clean and de-grease the bolts and internal threads before lockking them in place. I also go around in a crossing patternwhen I torque them.

In your case, I'd replace the bolts.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 07/04/05 7:03 PM >>>
Well I finally got the rear end of my car apart, and the problem wasn't

bearings. It was the ring bolts that had backed out. None were completely
out, and there were no signs of unusual amounts of metal in the oil, so I
think it will be OK. I am sure I torqued those bolts down well, so any
suggestions to keep them from backing out again?

Since I have everything out I am changing the springs to the stiffer ones I
had in the basement (115lb/in front, 95lb/inch rear) and putting the
adjustable spring perch in the rear. Hopefully I can get everything back
together Saturday and be ready for the next autocross Sunday.

Rob LaMoreaux
Ann Arbor, MI USA
(734)-971-5583
Cell (734)-604-9280
Email: ***@***.***
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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:46 am

Rob,

I use red locktite on the bolts and no lock-tabs. I've never had one come loose, but i also meticulously clean and de-grease the bolts and internal threads before lockking them in place. I also go around in a crossing patternwhen I torque them.

In your case, I'd replace the bolts.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 07/04/05 7:03 PM >>>
Well I finally got the rear end of my car apart, and the problem wasn't

bearings. It was the ring bolts that had backed out. None were completely
out, and there were no signs of unusual amounts of metal in the oil, so I
think it will be OK. I am sure I torqued those bolts down well, so any
suggestions to keep them from backing out again?

Since I have everything out I am changing the springs to the stiffer ones I
had in the basement (115lb/in front, 95lb/inch rear) and putting the
adjustable spring perch in the rear. Hopefully I can get everything back
together Saturday and be ready for the next autocross Sunday.

Rob LaMoreaux
Ann Arbor, MI USA
(734)-971-5583
Cell (734)-604-9280
Email: ***@***.***
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PostPost by: roadterror » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:54 am

How about drilling and using a lock-wire?

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Rob,

I use red locktite on the bolts and no lock-tabs. I've never had one come
loose, but i also meticulously clean and de-grease the bolts and internal
threads before lockking them in place. I also go around in a crossing
pattern when I torque them.

In your case, I'd replace the bolts.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 07/04/05 7:03 PM >>>
Well I finally got the rear end of my car apart, and the problem wasn't

bearings. It was the ring bolts that had backed out. None were completely
out, and there were no signs of unusual amounts of metal in the oil, so I
think it will be OK. I am sure I torqued those bolts down well, so any
suggestions to keep them from backing out again?

Since I have everything out I am changing the springs to the stiffer ones I
had in the basement (115lb/in front, 95lb/inch rear) and putting the
adjustable spring perch in the rear. Hopefully I can get everything back
together Saturday and be ready for the next autocross Sunday.

Rob LaMoreaux
Ann Arbor, MI USA
(734)-971-5583
Cell (734)-604-9280
Email: ***@***.***
Too many Hobbies.... Too Little Time
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PostPost by: frearther » Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:23 am

<i also meticulously clean and de-grease the bolts and internal threads
before lockking them in place>
What do you use for degreasing> Gasoline? Naphtha? Other?
What does everyone else use?

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