* * GREASELESS CHASSIS
Sir, has been written in MOTOR SPORT during the past few
years in regard to the reduction of chassis greasing points. This has culminated in your article “Design Discussion” in the December issue.
Having owned and driven .a Renault Dauphine for the past two and a half years I am not convinced that the elimination of suspension greasing points is desirable. I have now driven this car 36,000 miles and suffered two and a bit irritating seasons of cold weather.
The Renault Dauphine is not particularly notable among those models which have few greasing points, inasmuch as it retains so nipples, but I would willingly put up with the dirt and discomfort of greasing another zo to be rid of the appalling ” squawk ” which accompanies every slightly more than normal movement of the suspension of my car during cold weather. Whatever the calendar or the weathermen may say, I know when winter has arrived. My car tells me! The steering column squeaks as I turn the wheel when I back out of the garage on that first morning of the cold snap, and the first bump in the road which the road wheels hit starts the infuriating ” squawk” which will be with me until the spring.
I was told from the first day of the first winter that I had the car, that nothing could be done about it, and I must admit that I have failed to find a cure myself despite the application of remedies both legitimate and illegitimate. I do not think that I am alone in this trouble. I have heard similar complaints from owners of Triumph Heralds.
No Sir, I am not impressed, and have a feeling that when I buy my next car, I shall view with grave suspicion all those manufacturers who promise me a grease-gun-free heaven on earth. Let us have bigger and better grease-guns; and plenty of nipples to use them on. Ashford. E. J. CRANE. [You can please some of the customers all of the time and all the customers some of the time but not all the customers all the t i me .—En.]