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Can anyone help with this.

Just tried to MOT my Dolomite Based car for its MOT. It failed on "worn steering bush" the bush in question is a piece of tube which the column passes through. The tube is welded to the chassis. The column is a loose fit in this tube but there is no sign of there ever being a bush in here as there is only perhaps a couple of mm clearance. Does anyone have this model with this arrangement? If it doesn't do anything but allows the column to rattle around in it can I cut it off?

 

Many thanks Al

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I have this model - glad to be hearing from a few more Dolomite S7 owners, though so far no two I've seen seem to be completely alike!

 

Anyway, my steering column does have a bush on it and it is a fairly tight fit through that hole. I have considered cutting it off to give more adjustment, but have also discussed with chairman steve the idea of replacing it with a spherical bearing going through the scuttle.

 

The only reason I can see for keeping it in place is that if the UJ should fail at the bottom end you'd have a steering column moving around in close proximity to your belts. But then if the steering failed that would be the least of your worries...

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