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Old 03-16-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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steering fluid leak?

i apparently have a steering fluid leak. its been dripping for awhile and i finally decided to take a look at it. so i was wondering what was the most common place for it to leak. is it like a seal or hose or will i have to get a whole new unit. any info on leaking power steering units will be helpful

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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My 97 had a leak also it was coming out of the steering box. You always knew where I parked because of the red puddle I left. I got a new one for like $150 and they are fairly simple to change. And I'm no mechanic just a detailer.

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My 98 also leaking at steering box, haven't fixed it yet, but I heard they sell replacement seal kits for like $10
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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My 97 had a leak at the pump but that was because of the tires. I was overworking what the 4 squirrels had. I'd clean everything off and see where the leak is coming from first. Either way it is a relatively cheap fix. Be glad it's kind of warm out. Last time I did it was in my apartment parking lot at 17 degrees with 5 inches of snow on the ground.
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Its the steering box. I have replaced two so far on my TJ. IMO - it takes just as long to replace the seal, as it does to swap out a new box. I got mine from Napa which came with a life time warranty with a core for the return. Basically, I paid for the first replacement, but the 2nd one was free. And if this one goes, it will be free as well.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:43 AM   #6
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Its the steering box.
My '03 had a leaking high pressure hose. Should I have replaced the steering box instead of the hose?

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i apparently have a steering fluid leak. its been dripping for awhile and i finally decided to take a look at it.
Like Yogi said, you can observe a lot just by watching. And that will likely be much more productive than asking for guesses on the internet.
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My '03 had a leaking high pressure hose. Should I have replaced the steering box instead of the hose?



Like Yogi said, you can observe a lot just by watching. And that will likely be much more productive than asking for guesses on the internet.

You will see the fluid leaking from the seals on the gear box.
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Imo your better off putting in a new steering box rather than new seals. But at least with a new box you have a warranty. I'm no expert by any means just saying.
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imo your better off putting in a new steering box rather than new seals. But at least with a new box you have a warranty. I'm no expert by any means just saying.
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Can a heavier duty one be bought to handle the bigger tires? Stronger squirrels maybe
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Can a heavier duty one be bought to handle the bigger tires? Stronger squirrels maybe
Durango box or PCS box.

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