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Hi all,

The rubber element of the flexible Steering Column Coupling (UR23270) has disintegrated, meaning the coupling needs to be renewed.
When trying to fit a new flexible coupling, it turned out that its holes for the four attachment bolts were some 4 mm further apart than the holes in the flanges of the adjoining steering column halves.

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Assuming the dimensions of the new Steering Column Coupling are correct, is there a secret procedure on how to make it fit? Would it be advisable to compress the rubber element until the hole pattern matches (by for example tightening a hose clamp around it), or may the resulting radial forces damage the bolts or steering column flanges? Since the steering is indeed a safety critical part of your car, I am not keen on improvising on this.

Best Regards, Anders
 

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Since nobody has replied yet, I might add a thought:

I remember from long ago replacing rubber donuts on drive shafts - they were always supplied crushed by a metal band which was to be cut off after assembly. This was, I assume , to ensure that the rubber bits were always in compression, not tension, but the stresses on a steering column are not in the same league???

An alternative is that there are more than one size of doughnut on cars of different years???

Alan D.
 

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I think the same manufacturer has been trying to sub the MG(?) part for the RR. It is very close and can work, but not ideal. I seem to recall an issue with these and there should be something archived here. Do a search.
The RR coupler has not changed over the years.
 
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