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In a momment of madness last year I bought a 1986 Sprint 1.5 QV, while I have beeb enjoying driving it the steering has been unacceptably heavy, I had a look at one of the strut bearings today, full of grit etc
While cleaning it and trying to see how it was put together I partially broke the plate the bearings run on and a few of the bearings fell out.
This bearing is of the steel needle bearing variety. I reasembled the strut with new grease and even though I only did one side and munted it at that the steering is lighter so two new bearings and dust boots are in order.
Does anyone know where to buy these parts locally or internationally?
How do you fit them? does it need a press to take the lip off or am I missing something?
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Hans
 

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No special tools are required

Hi Hans. I have replaced both the "Plastic" type and the earlier "steel" type and found its no problem. Spring compressor is about the only "specialised" tool you need. Pretty sure they are available locally:- Italian Autos??. The two types are not interchangable from memory. Also I have had quite a bit of luck just pulling them apart and cleaning then putting back in. Second hand may be an option for you as long as its not destroyed. If you are using shortened springs these give greif as they are not encapsulated properly, with the spring pan quite often tipping over to one side. Ugly.
 

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If the bearings are part # 101406, I have a dozen of them. See here. I probably have the seals too. I also have some NOS Sud complete steering racks, internal components and rubber gaiters, here - although I am not sure if these were the same for the Sprint. Also a tonne or two of other Sud/Sprint parts, but air shipping will be an issue.
 

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Thanks Mark, like you said, getting the unit out was no problem but I couldn't get the seal ( narrow ring inside the bearing unit ) out to get the bearing out.
 
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