The cover for my steering Gear cover keeps coming loose. During every drive it, backs off at least one fill rotation. I find myself continually checking it. It started loosening up a couple years ago.
I'm thinking about wrapping a few wraps of Teflon tape on the threads.
Anyone have any better ideas?
There is supposed to be a small screw in the cover at the 12:00 position, locking it from unscrewing (scary if it does!)
(Message edited by Roger K on April 24, 2016)
Since I don't know the year of your car, the screw is a 6-32, round head slotted and isn't very long. If you have a later T, I would recommend stainless.
You may need to drill and tap a new hole. When put back on the cover usually shifts a bit from the original position. You do want that cover tight.
It's a 26. I took a quick look and did not see a spot for a set screw. I'll have to look again in a few days
Look for a small hole on top right near the rim. When you have the cover screwed on, you should find a tapped hole pretty close to that location.
Here is the Ford Service book photo, the cover screw is item 'B'.
Page 178, in Section XXV Ford Service. Don't go in the garage without this book
Perhaps the OP has an accessory locking steering wheel that was installed incorrectly. A Ford cover will have hole for the screw. The accessory covers will sometimes have a pin on the outer diameter or on the back side,
A spinning cover is a wreck looking for a place to happen.
Dan thanks for the photo. I'll take a closer look. Last night I noticed a greasy spot that might coresponds to that area.
I have the stock steering wheel setup.
We moved less than two years ago and have not had a chance to get the shop setup, T stuff is still in boxes, including my manuals. The question is which box. Getting close to done with the DW's honey do list.
Interesting illustration. I've never seen a cover installed in any other place except 12 O'clock. I'd love to have that tool. I usually use a thick piece of leather, and a huge pair of Channel Lock pliers.
A modern "strap" oil filter wrench works good in that situation.
Thanks Jason and the others who filled he and I about that strange hole in the steering gear cap that oozes out grease after a long drive. I was about to whittle a matchstick to keep my car and hands clean, but now I have corrected it as Henry would have wanted. see photos