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Old 01-10-2011, 08:37 AM   #1
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Suggestions or help leaky steering box

I haven't drove my jeep for a couple days went out to the garage and it leaking from the steering box by the front bumper.. A decent amount also.. So anyone that has had similar problems orjust know what the issue could be your help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-10-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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Got a leaky one myself; I'm leaning towards just replacing it with a newer one; possibly doing the Durango swap. A friend of mine tried replacing the seals in his TJ but it started leaking again a few days later, so I'm not sure I want to go that route. Others have had success replacing the seals though, so I guess its all in how you do it, or how beat your steering box is. I guess I'd rather just replace it and know its going to last rather than spend half a day rebuilding something that might fail again soon.

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Old 01-10-2011, 01:07 PM   #3
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I had that happen to my TJ. I just replaced the steering box. It wasn't that hard of a job, but getting the pitman arm off was a pain in the a$$...
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:44 PM   #4
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What's the cost on a new one, and where did you buy it? I would like to find the best deal, as my garage floor is starting to look like a power steering lake.. Also could you give me a little info on the durango swap?
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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Yea for sure where you get the new one? After you put the new one in did you have to have your steering alignment fixed? Also interested in the durango swap..
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:30 PM   #6
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i just had mine replaced today. the alignemENT is now shit. it pulls to 2 oclock and I have to keep the wheel at 10 oclock to drive straight. I have to get it back to the shop.......ugh
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:59 AM   #7
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i just had mine replaced today. the alignemENT is now shit. it pulls to 2 oclock and I have to keep the wheel at 10 oclock to drive straight. I have to get it back to the shop.......ugh
Its pulling? I hate second guessing when I'm not there to see it myself but are you sure its not just your steering wheel off center? This can happen easily during a steering box replacement and is a simple couple minute fix. Not sure how a box replacement would affect alignment.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #8
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What kinda price am I looking at for replacement? Anyone know?
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #9
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Also while we're on the subject. I'm getting more and more play in my steering wheel. How can I tighten this up?
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #10
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I just got a used steering box replacement from a scrap yard. they guaranteed no leaks for at least a year. it was about $100 if I recall correctly and did the swap myself. the steering wheel is cocked to the left a little now but I think it's because it wasn't exactly straight when I reattached the pitman arm. easy fix, my garage is just a mess right now.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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i just had mine replaced today. the alignemENT is now shit. it pulls to 2 oclock and I have to keep the wheel at 10 oclock to drive straight. I have to get it back to the shop.......ugh
You have to center the box before you hook it up. 3.5 turns lock to lock I think and should be centered at 1.75 turns.

Leaks are often due to corrosion of the input shaft at the seal. Seal replacement won't fix that.

2003 and newer use a German sourced box. Previous models had a Saginaw box.

I believe the Durango swap is overhyped and limited to a particular year/model of Durango, 1998/99 with V8 or something like that, so I've heard. Only advantage is a little tighter steering. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/powe...tml#post846984
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:52 PM   #12
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Google around if you are interested in the Durango swap, lots of information/posts about it. You can get tighter steering with one version; there are two versions (one with the snow plow package, one without), one has the same ratio as the stock Jeep box, and the other is slightly different (less turns lock to lock I believe). I personally like the stock ratio, so I will be going with that one.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #13
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wow so i thought my jeep was broken but it looks like the steering system is another TJ gremlin kinda like the low oil pressure and the reacurring check engine light for code 11 hmmmm!!!
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Mine leaks also but I cannot afford to replace it yet. Ive been using prestone steering fluid with leak stop. Didn't stop it but slowed it wayyyy down. I'm adding to it monthly instead of daily or weekly.

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