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Old 05-29-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Question leaking steering box

I hope I am calling it right. It appears the steering box is leaking power steering fluid. Is there a way to put another seal in it or do I have to replace the unit? What I am calling the steering box is the thing the shaft from the steering wheel goes into. Thanks guys!

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #2
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Jerry,

This is VERY common problem with our jeeps. You can replace the seal however most stay away from doing that because you have to know what you are doing when rebuilding it. Best thing to do is to just replace it with a rebuilt OEM unit or upgrade to a durango version which is heavier duty (search the site for more info).
My advice would be to replace it when you can if it's not leaking to bad already but keep in mind that it will continue to get worse. Also, get a new pitman arm or rent/buy a pitman arm puller to reuse your old one. Removing the pitman arm is probably the worst part of all of this.

I had to replace mine a few times already, the first time took me about an hour because everything was stubborn but the third time only took me 30 minutes including going to get all the tools.

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Mypantera! Looks like I'll replace it then.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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To remove the pitman arm. Use the puller to put pressure on it and then hit the pitman arm with a small sledge where it attaches to the spline shaft. Give it a few hard whacks, then retighten the puller an repeat the process until the pitman arm starts moving with the puller. Don't just keep cranking on the puller as you will likely break it. Also use break free or pb blaster. I just did this yesterday and almost snapped my puller. Luckily I logged into the forum first to see if there were any tips!
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Just replaced mine yesterday. Make sure your wheels are straight ahead before you start, and before you take the upper pinch bolt out of the intermediate steering shaft, mark the two shafts orientation (with each other), then run your seat belt through the bottom of your steering wheel so it won't turn (turning the wheel with everything disconnected will scew up the clock spring inside-a whole new set of issues). You will have to unbolt the steering box to get to the lower hoses and lower steering shaft connection. Just have something handy to set it on because it weighs like 35 or 40 pounds.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:00 AM   #6
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Great tips!! Thanks guys!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:19 AM   #7
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I have a 08 jeep wrangler the steering box is leaking by pitman arm. I bought a steering box for $300 on eBay. The box came off a 09 jeep wrangler. I wanted to up grade to dodge Durango box but it will not fit mine. The job was no to hard like you said the hardest part was taking the pitman arm off old steering box. All done and working good. It was scary when all was done and before fluid was in the system there was a lot of crazy noise. But all is good and running great.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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DO NOT start your Jeep after the replacement until you have properly cycled your power steering pump to get all of the air out.

Search here for the correct procedure.
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I have a 08 jeep wrangler the steering box is leaking by pitman arm. I bought a steering box for $300 on eBay. The box came off a 09 jeep wrangler. I wanted to up grade to dodge Durango box but it will not fit mine. The job was no to hard like you said the hardest part was taking the pitman arm off old steering box. All done and working good. It was scary when all was done and before fluid was in the system there was a lot of crazy noise. But all is good and running great.
$300??..wow JK expensive!! Bought mine at Napa for $130 with lifetime warranty.
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$300??..wow JK expensive!! Bought mine at Napa for $130 with lifetime warranty.
Same here after core return of course and it's been on there a couple years now with no problems

After the Hard Times I've spent getting pitman arms off I bought a Very good adjustable pitman arm puller from Matco Tools. Even then everytime I walk by a Jeep and there's a can of PB Blaster in my hand I give that Beotch a shot or two!
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:30 AM   #11
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I just had mine replace on my 01, cost about 100$ for the part and 75$ to ship it to me (as I live off the beaten path in Northern Ontario). Took about 1.5 hours labor which included re-alignment by computer. Comes with a lifetime warranty, picked up at rockauto.com. If I was to get bigger tires(33's and up) then I would of went with the durango box but I'm staying at 31's so there was no point in upgrading.
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I cannot $ucking believe this, mine is leaking again. Just came back from the garage, booked another appointment. Still have the old steering gear box, gonna try opening it up and replace the o-ring inside which "might" be the issue. Cost me too much to send the damn part back for a replacement. I think from now on I'm just gonna bite the bullet and pay my garage's part prices instead of the save a dime thru rockauto's in the future. IF I did send it back, I would end up paying more then what the garage is charging for the part and that doesn't include the labor/alignment which I may have to do again
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After more research, the leak is coming from bolt off of the pitman shaft. Would putting a new gasket under the cover solve this issue? I don't see any other leaks anywhere else. Would appreciate anyone opinion on the matter vs buying a whole other gear box.
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Bump for help please
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It is leaking from your steering box and down off your pitman arm go to autozone get a 98-99 dodge Durango steering box its 178 bucks delivered make sure you get the NO PLOW version though. there is a pretty good write up on here about how to swap it. definatly take your grill off if you are doing it yourself takes 10 min to take the grill off and prolly save you about 2 hours with the ease of access lol. After you swap it fill with fluid and jack the front of your jeep up enough to turn your wheels freely and cycle the fluid through the system to get air out otherwise you could kill your system.
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It is leaking from your steering box and down off your pitman arm go to autozone get a 98-99 dodge Durango steering box its 178 bucks delivered make sure you get the NO PLOW version though. there is a pretty good write up on here about how to swap it. definatly take your grill off if you are doing it yourself takes 10 min to take the grill off and prolly save you about 2 hours with the ease of access lol. After you swap it fill with fluid and jack the front of your jeep up enough to turn your wheels freely and cycle the fluid through the system to get air out otherwise you could kill your system.
We dont have autozones here. I've done my research on durango gear boxes and its even more expensive and would benefit me in no way as i dont plan on up'in on tire size from 31's. Grill removal is not required either, not sure which write up u looked at but i'd suggest other write ups if u plan doing that swap.
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PS here's some extra info on durango swaps for those who might be interested:

Durango Steering Gear Swap

This info actually helped me make up my mind to stay with the stock version ironically :/
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PS here's some extra info on durango swaps for those who might be interested:

Durango Steering Gear Swap

This info actually helped me make up my mind to stay with the stock version ironically :/
That's a good write-up!

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