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Horn push tube removal.
#1
The steering column on my special is from a Mk 11 Ruby and I wish to remove, and discard, the horn push and indicator arrangement at the steering wheel end so that I can make a plain centre cap. 
I know that to do so I must release the clamp from the bottom and pull the tube and wiring out complete but in doing so will I then allow the steering box oil to escape or is there some other form of seal at the bottom please?
If this is not the case and I then have an open end to the steering box, could anyone suggest an alternative method of retaining the oil please?
Many thanks for your time.
Graham.
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#2
This will not allow the oil to escape Graham - remove away.

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#3
Many thanks indeed Ruairidh.
Much appreciated.
Graham.
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#4
You can have yourself a new storage cubbyhole, for storing red liquorice laces and the like.
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#5
Not if they fall down the hole I can't!
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#6
Whilst the oil has been mentioned, what grade of oil and too what level. Please
I am always interested in any information about Rosengart details or current owners.
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(15-05-2019, 07:33 AM)Derek Sheldon Wrote: Whilst the oil has been mentioned, what grade of oil and too what level. Please

I remove the brass oiling nipple and fill the steering box with SAE 140 up to the level of the oiler hole. I have a dedicated oil can for the SAE 140 so that I can squirt it in. Useful for the back axle too.
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#8
Ok now I’m confused...
When I dismantled mine it was filled with grease, but you are saying fill it with oil!
Cornwall Austin 7 club website says “grease”: [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]

Which should it be? 
Does it even matter?

Andrew
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#9
I don't think it does. So long as it is well lubricated. Grease has a habit of going hard over the years. I have just stripped and overhauled an old Bosch wiper motor. The grease in the gearbox had gone absolutely solid which is the main reason it wouldn't work.
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#10
In a steering box I have found that straight grease eventually gets pushed out of where it is needed, I mix a little heavy oil in with the grease which appears to solve the problem. Penrite do a steering box grease which might be another solution but I have not used it personally.
Black Art Enthusiast 
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