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Old 06-20-2012, 10:35 PM
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Steering box replacement

Well, it hasstarting to leak alot lately, more than the "wet" look it has had over the past few months, so I guess it is time.

I'm still on the fence over the Durango swap. I am not a fan of junk yard items that had fluid in them, the fluids get drained and seals dry up, but they are to proud of the new ones. Durangos are double in price to a TJ box.

One thing I thought was odd is on rockauto you can find a TJ box for about 100 after core, but on quadratec they are 500. Any one know why there is such a price difference, am i not seeing the right thing on rockauto?

Also, for those who had done this, how hard/easy of a job was it?

appreciate the info!
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You auto parts store should be able to get you a Durango box new .

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i went with a re maned from autozone 4 $140. they provided the puller for the p-arm 4 a deposit. not too hard... maybe about 2hrs or so for first-timers..
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:11 PM
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i was under there tonite looking it all over...all looks straight forward except for disconnecting the steering wheel shaft linkage from the steering box. I see the short shaft connection and the intermediate shaft connections...they look like little u joints, but not much mentioned in the FSM about removal/disconnecting for the steering box swap.

Anyone know how they come apart?
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I too bought the Autozone box for $140 It is not bad. Like you said about the connector, It is small but it is not bad. Just remember, DO NOT spin the steering wheel when you disconnect the shaft from the box. There is a spring in the steering column for the horn, airbag and cruise if you have that. It connects everything electrically. Put the seat belt though the steering wheel and lock it.

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Old 06-22-2012, 05:58 AM
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Awesome, thanks for the link. Like G. I. Joe says... knowing is half the battle!

Dealing with rusted bolts is the other half I think!
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I have a 2005 with 41,000 on it. There was about a 12" puddle under it so I crawled under and I could see it was from the steering box. Since the mileage was so low I removed about 8oz of fluid and added 11oz of BAR'S POWER STEERING STOP LEAK CONCENTRATE and this was in March. It has not leaked since.
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I have a 2005 with 41,000 on it. There was about a 12" puddle under it so I crawled under and I could see it was from the steering box. Since the mileage was so low I removed about 8oz of fluid and added 11oz of BAR'S POWER STEERING STOP LEAK CONCENTRATE and this was in March. It has not leaked since.

I too added stuff to seal my leak. Held up for about 3-4 months then she let go. Spent the 2 hours changing it.
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i jumped the fence and its realy great!
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What is best way to replace manual steer box on a 91. See nothing about hooking shaft to steering column. Am thinking of spraying all joints with liquid wrench tonight. At least I don't have power steering
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I have a 2005 with 41,000 on it. There was about a 12" puddle under it so I crawled under and I could see it was from the steering box. Since the mileage was so low I removed about 8oz of fluid and added 11oz of BAR'S POWER STEERING STOP LEAK CONCENTRATE and this was in March. It has not leaked since.
same thing with me I put in wynns no leak
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i was under there tonite looking it all over...all looks straight forward except for disconnecting the steering wheel shaft linkage from the steering box. I see the short shaft connection and the intermediate shaft connections...they look like little u joints, but not much mentioned in the FSM about removal/disconnecting for the steering box swap.

Anyone know how they come apart?
There is a collar on the end of the output shaft that slides over the input shaft on the steering box. The collar clamps down on the input shaft with a bolt. Once you have that loose and pull the lines and 3 bolts from the frame, the box will come right out. Let me know if you have questions!

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