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Old 02-22-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy leaking steering box

hey guys, my girlfriends dad told me the other night that i was leaking a red fluid outa the front end of my jeep. i put it on the lift today at work and found that the steering box is leaking where the steering shaft enters it. (top part) are these rebuildable? ive looked around on the net and the only info that i can find is how expensive they are! that and how do you refill the fluid in those? chances are i wont be able to afford to replace or fix the problem until the spring time so i'm just goin to have to keep feedin it fluid. thanks for any input

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Old 02-22-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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hey guys, my girlfriends dad told me the other night that i was leaking a red fluid outa the front end of my jeep. i put it on the lift today at work and found that the steering box is leaking where the steering shaft enters it. (top part) are these rebuildable? ive looked around on the net and the only info that i can find is how expensive they are! that and how do you refill the fluid in those? chances are i wont be able to afford to replace or fix the problem until the spring time so i'm just goin to have to keep feedin it fluid. thanks for any input
okay the part where i asked bout where to add the fluid...kindly disregard that part...blonde moment

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Old 02-22-2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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Yes, they are rebuildable, but I would not reccomend rebuilding it unless you are experienced and have the right tools. I tried to rebuild mine, but ended up buying a rebuilt one from napa for about 180 after realizing how deep I was in it.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:16 PM   #4
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oh okay, i'll check in on a rebuilt one then thanks
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:31 PM   #5
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Regular power steering fluid is not red. Transmission fluid is red.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:31 PM   #6
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I know a way you can stop it from leaking to get you by for awhile. Little brake fluid in the resevoir will do the trick.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:24 PM   #7
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Brake fluid will work, but it swells the seals. So it might work, but eventually it will blow and leak worse then before. There is a way to replace that top seal, thats what was leaking on mine, but I followed the directions and took the whole pump apart and it just got worse from there. Honestly I would just replace it. The pitman arm needs to be torqued to about 100ft lbs so and make sure that the steering box is in the center when you put it on or else youll have one turn to the left lock and four to the right. You get the point, but its not difficult to do.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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brake fluid huh? well i dont want it to get so bad to where i haveta replace it immediatly, i dont have a nice concrete drive way like she does at her house so it can keep leaking for all i care! lol, ive got a cousin that runs a napa, i'll givem a ring and see what he can do. thanks guys

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