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How to stop steering pivot point play?

PostPost by: seaandmoor » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:13 pm

Isn't this perhaps the reason why there is a small blanking plug which is supposed to be removed and then a grease nipple put in for greasing purposes after which the nipple is removed and the plug screwed back in? I was wondering why a grease nipple couldn't just be left in place permanently.
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:08 am

You can fit one but it needs to come out at 90 degrees to the hole otherwise you can't get the grease / oil gun on it
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PostPost by: freddy22112211 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:02 am

Grease nipple: Left mine in for 26 years (with rubber nipple covers), no problem with grease gun.
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:05 am

As the hole in a standard v link is .28in you could always buy an undrilled link and drill a smaller hole, say .125in. You could then use the standard method of lubrication.
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PostPost by: gerrym » Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:29 pm

John, here's a report of a fairly recent failure:

http://www.club.triumph.org.uk/cgi-bin/ ... 280215543/


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PostPost by: seaandmoor » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:06 pm

Hi all and thank you very much for all the information which have provided.

I have followed all the advice as to what and how to check etc and concluded that it was the front passenger side top ball joint (if only the MoT man could've told me that!)
Got new ball joint from Sue Miller - arrived in less than 24 hours - Hurrah for Sue again!

MoT passed with only small cost of ball joint - Result!
Thanks again to all.
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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:20 pm

Hah, that was an easy one then.

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