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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Can someone tell me how to fill the steering rack, what kind of oil to use, and where to get an oil gun to do it? I have two manuals, but neither one tells how to do this or how much to ad. All one of my manuals says is, "Be sure not to overfill." Any help would greatly be appreciated.
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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    What I did was to remove the zerk fitting and used a pump oil can with 90 weight oil to inject rather than trying to find an oil gun. Just give it several squirts.
    Nelson
    Original owner '62 Mk 2 Sprite aka Little Mo

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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    I completely took apart the steering rack, and it is bone dry. Would I still only need several suirts?
    Kevin

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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Bone dry rack, 1/4 of a cup.
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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Thank you. How do you know when to fill it again?
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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    You need a grease gun for the grease fittings anyway so I would suggest you invest in one which you can take apart and remove the plunger. Take the grease plunger out. Put some 90wt in, keep it upright and pump away! I have an old gun I keep just for this purpose and give the rack a few pumps every time I imagine my steering is starting to drag.

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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Use Cornhead grease, from John Deere. About $3.5 a tube, and you can order it online if there is not a supplier near you. https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/u...rack#Post250753


    Jack should know that one!
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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Maybe you can fill mine when we come by next June?
    Bill L.

    1966 Sprite MK III - "the red thing"
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    Re: How do I fill Bugeye steering rack?

    Happy to oblige, Bill. I'll have it topped up and waiting!!

    Counting down to Midget 50th,
    Kurt.
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