front strut lubing

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front strut lubing

Post by tranentbx » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:01 am

morning,

could someone point me in the right direction?

I'm looking for the topic about lubing the front struts. had a good look around on here but no luck!

Thanks

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Re: front strut lubing

Post by Defender110 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:28 am

2 easy ways;

1) get some LHM in an oil can and pull off one leg of the strut return pipe (either will do) and squirt the LHM down the pipe before replacing and doing some Citrobotics to lube the strut.

2) alternately get some clean LHM in a milk bottle, take off one leg of the strut return pipe (again either will do) clean it and place it in the bottle of LHM whilst in low mode, get an assistant to raise the car while you keep the pipe submerged in the bottle. This will suck up the LHM into the strut to lube it. When you've done both sides do a few Citrobotics after refitting the pipes.
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by rmattila » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:49 pm

Lubricating won't do much good though, if you have a cup of saltwater sitting in the bottom. IIRC, it might be possible to run a thin suction hose to the bottom of the strut through the return hose orifice, if the strut is in high position.
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by MULLEY » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:43 pm

Hi rmattila, how are you these day's? Glad to see you're still able to post up your thoughts & ideas :)
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by mds141 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:02 pm

Or place suspension in full low, at the top of the strut top under the bonnet is a rubber bung with a hole in it. I use a small pump style oil can with some tubing on the end and pump some light oil into the top of the strut. Works fine IMHO.
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by Defender110 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:35 pm

mds141 wrote:Or place suspension in full low, at the top of the strut top under the bonnet is a rubber bung with a hole in it. I use a small pump style oil can with some tubing on the end and pump some light oil into the top of the strut. Works fine IMHO.
Unfortunately this doesn't lube the inside of the strut it just puts oil into the the convoluted rubber strut cover which protects the exterior chrome rod of the exterior of the hydraulic ram which just gets scraped off by the scraper seal.
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by rmattila » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:21 pm

MULLEY wrote:Hi rmattila, how are you these day's? Glad to see you're still able to post up your thoughts & ideas :)
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by mds141 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:43 pm

At least you've still got your sense of humour. :-)
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by MULLEY » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:31 pm

Never mind about the post hi-jack ;) Glad you're still able to get onto the forum, & sounds at least like you can get out & about a little bit. I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for you. You were going to do some research into your condition, how have you gotten on?
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by rmattila » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:55 pm

[off-topic]We decided to set up a dedicated non-profit organization for promoting our own research and funding that of others. Seems there is interest in the subject among the public.[/off-topic]
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by MULLEY » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:09 pm

Wow, amazing effort, only a small portion is in English, do you accept donations?
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Re: front strut lubing

Post by andycadabra » Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:19 pm

I followed the advice given on the Australian BX forum, which mentioned sucking LHM into the struts by the return pipe, but also, with the suspension on high, pulling down the plasticky rubber upper strut covers, after pinching the tops ( these protrude through two 15mm holes in the top of the Strut) in the engine compartment.
You can then reach about 3 or 4 inches of the inner Strut to smear silicone grease on. This alone has made a noticeable difference - no more of the once-a-second creak when rising to high position.
I also noticed there was a hole where the strut cover is supposed to protrude, on both sides. I think the plastic must have broken, and since you can feel the inner strut through this hole, it may have contributed to letting dirt get in, or the strut drying out, so I blocked it up with silicone grease. It occurs to me that the hole might be there to allow ventilation while the struts are moving, so any opinions would be welcome.
I'll get around to doing the LHM trick in the near future
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