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Vibration damper repair
Tolsen, Just dropping the shaft out of my RX4 and I can see that it's the vibration damper at the rear end that's flapping about. Everything else looks 'as new', but once it's out I'll check it all thoroughly. Did you just 'inject' silicone around and between the bits? Just ordinary type from what you've said. And how long did you leave it to set for? Have to say that, any problems apart, these things are constructed :like the proverbial brick-built-sh*t house!
Checked with Renault first - around 300 pounds plus VAT for a new damper.
I used the cheapest silicon I could get. Lidl's best clear general purpose silicon for 99p a cartridge. I cleaned the damper thoroughly using Fairy washing up liquid and hot water followed by additional cleaning with cellolose thinner and drying it out with compressed air and a hair dryer. Centred the assembly using metal shims and injected silicon to stick it back together. I left it at room temperature for about 2 days before testing it at high rpm on my lathe. Did this repair nearly 2 years ago.
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