Also do any members recomend changing the steering rack bushes for better nylon ones?
check there first, as the cooling coils can rust out ,
it can also come out of the top of the ' tower ' on the valve section of the rack ,
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In answer to your question about rack bushes I would go for the poybush type. They improve the feel and make the steering more positive and less prone to wandering but don't make the feedback harsh. I have them on my V12 and they are a great improvement.
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I believe even the standard bushings are OK, provided you replace the rubber-faced thrust washers if they're showing signs of wear or decay. There should be only a small amount of free movement, but in many cases the bushes and thrust washers have been attacked by oil leaks, and that reduces everything to jelly.
Of course, if your bushes are on their way out, it's easiest to replace with plastic, and they won't decay.
If you do replace them, have a bag of washers to fill the gaps between the bushes and the mounting horns on the subframe. I've seen recommendations to bend the horns to remove the play, which strikes me as very dangerous on a safety-related item. The bushes should be shimmed to a comfortable close fit to the mountings; you should not be applying significant bending force to take out the slack. My genuine Jaguar replacement subframe had a lot of slack in the left hand mounting.
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