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Old 01-16-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Newbie to forum needs help diagnosing steering issue

Last night, I missed a turn, so I turned into the parking lot next to my destination. I shifted into reverse, and backed up a bit. I went into first and turned and then heard a popping sound in the front. Thinking I hit something small, I attempted to continue turning but I had lost complete control of my wheels. I can turn the steering wheel but it does nothing to my wheels. I had to get towed home....I got the chance to check it out, and it sees as my ''worm gear has popped out of my steering box''. I don't know much about these types of things so any expertise or knowledge would be greatly appreciated. I'm curious how it needs to be fixed and roughly an explanation of what happened. It's a 1998 Wrangler with a 3.5'' lift and 33'' tires if that hels any. apreciated.

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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well time for a new steering box.

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Old 01-16-2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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Very unusual problem, but like the previous post...you now have a new steering box and the diagnosis was pretty obvious. Welcome to the forum...that was just too easy...
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:00 AM   #4
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Give me a break! I'm an 18 year old girl....Lol...NOW...how much is that sucker gonna cost? I read where someone got one at O'Reilly's but I can't seem to find it online. Take it easy on me....
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:16 AM   #5
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Give me a break! I'm an 18 year old girl....Lol...NOW...how much is that sucker gonna cost? I read where someone got one at O'Reilly's but I can't seem to find it online. Take it easy on me....
junk yard maybe?
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:35 AM   #6
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I'd rather get a reliable part than take a chance on a P.O.S. one. lol Thanks for the attempt, anyways.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:40 AM   #7
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I'd rather get a reliable part than take a chance on a P.O.S. one. lol Thanks for the attempt, anyways.
well, there you go.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:00 AM   #8
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Not sure of what years, But Dodge durango steering box will fit and it is a heavier design. The wider tires can put some stress on the stock steering box.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:39 AM   #9
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Here's the link to oreilly's
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/home.oap

Looks like they're 150 and up, BUT there is a core charge of $100 or more and depending how bad yours broke it may not have a good core. I would find a good salvage yard and get one used. This is a part with few problems and you can probably get one for about $50 or so.
Anyone have any info on the dodge truck fit?
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:02 AM   #10
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Sometimes there are really hard problems to diagnose on the forum so when we have one that is literally coming apart it makes it easy to diagnose. ACdelco and many others refurbish gear boxes and I got this from one of their distributors. It has a list of all the vehicles that used that gear box. The ACdelco part number is 36-0517525 and that part fits:
1988 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1988 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1988 Jeep Truck Comanche 6-242 4.0L
1988 Jeep Truck Comanche 4-150 2.5L
1988 Chevy Truck Blazer Full Size V8-350 5.7L
1988 Chevy Truck Blazer Full Size V8-379 6.2L Dsl
1989 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1989 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1989 Jeep Truck Comanche 6-242 4.0L
1989 Jeep Truck Comanche 4-150 2.5L
1990 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1990 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1990 Jeep Truck Comanche 6-242 4.0L
1990 Jeep Truck Comanche 4-150 2.5L
1991 Oldsmobile Truck Bravada V6-262 4.3L
1991 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1991 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1991 Jeep Truck Comanche 6-242 4.0L
1991 Jeep Truck Comanche 4-150 2.5L
1992 Oldsmobile Truck Bravada V6-262 4.3L
1992 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1992 Jeep Truck Compact Wag/cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1992 Jeep Truck Comanche 6-242 4.0L
1992 Jeep Truck Comanche 4-150 2.5L
1993 Oldsmobile Truck Bravada V6-262 4.3L
1993 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1993 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1993 Gmc Truck S+t15,sonoma Pu - Jimy V6-173 2.8L
1994 Oldsmobile Truck Bravada V6-262 4.3L
1994 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1994 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1994 Gmc Truck S15 Jimmy V6-262 4.3L
1995 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1995 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1996 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1996 Jeep Truck Cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1996 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1996 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1997 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
1997 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L
1997 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1997 Jeep Truck Cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1997 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1997 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1998 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
1998 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L
1998 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1998 Jeep Truck Cherokee 4-150 2.5L
1998 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1998 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-318 5.2L
1998 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-360 5.9L
1999 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
1999 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L
1999 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
1999 Jeep Truck Cherokee 4-150 2.5L
2000 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
2000 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L
2000 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
2000 Jeep Truck Cherokee 4-150 2.5L
2001 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
2001 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L
2001 Jeep Truck Cherokee 6-242 4.0L
2001 Jeep Truck Grand Cherokee V8-287 4.7L SOHC
2002 Jeep Truck Wrangler 6-242 4.0L
2002 Jeep Truck Wrangler 4-150 2.5L

So if you're calling junk yards any of these would probably work.

Also looked at NAPA and they have one too. Link
http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50038+2038036
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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It's been a long while, but I figured this needed saying. I looked under it at night, and what appeared to have been the "worm gear" was actually a pivoting bolt that the castle nut had backed off of. Apparently, this is crucial to steering....

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