Steering and brake pipes

Steering rack gaiters

One of the common reasons for rejection with regards to steering is a split steering rack gaiter, to check these thoroughly the gaiter needs to be fully extended with the steering on full lock, as sometimes without it being extended a small split may not be noticeable.

Once the boot is split water can enter and cause wear and corrosion to the ball joint at the inner end of the rack. In the past these rack end joints were not readily available other than from main dealers (at main dealer prices) so often the cheapest option was to have a reconditioned rack fitted.

Brake Pipes

I’ve written about brake pipe corrosion as a reason for rejection, another reason for rejection is if the brake pipe is kinked, such as this one 

found on the offside front of a 52 reg jaguar, this also caused brake imbalance as the fluid flow was so restricted.

Below is an image of how it ought to have been.


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