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RevCo666 04-04-2013 03:10 PM

Power Steering Box ??
 
Howdy folks, seems on the weekend I had a leak under the jeep towards the front drivers side. Wasn't sure if it was brake fluid or steering fluid. Took it to my mechanic yesterday. Today they explained that the power steering box (not the pump) was mildly leaking and to keep an eye on it, and make sure I had some power steering fluid available just in case. Now they said it wasn't bad at the moment and was quoted about 285$ CAN for the part. Now I know that my garage up's the price as they get everything from NAPA which I find is expensive in the first place. SO what I am trying to do is find a cheaper OEM part but rockauto.com doesn't have that part (most likely called something else). Could someone help me out on the proper part name/number as I have ordered from rockauto before and the prices where great but shipping to my corner is normally excessive but unfortunately normal. The make of my jeep is a 2001 4.0L sport. Any help would be awesome, thanks everyone :)

bittercritter 04-04-2013 03:17 PM

If you do a search I have seen a lot of people put the steering box from a durango in when they have to replace it. I believe its an upgraded beefier box that bolts right in and is cheeper. I've seen threads about it, and they have the part # listed on there. Not sure about the jeep oem one though

geiman 04-04-2013 03:22 PM

On RockAuto, it's listed as "Steering Gear" under the steering section.

RevCo666 04-04-2013 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by bittercritter (Post 3594426)
If you do a search I have seen a lot of people put the steering box from a durango in when they have to replace it. I believe its an upgraded beefier box that bolts right in and is cheeper. I've seen threads about it, and they have the part # listed on there. Not sure about the jeep oem one though

I read that about the durango power steering box. I only run on 31's and I'm not much of an off-roader nor a mall crawler either hehehe so I'm not sure if a beefier one would be helpful in my case(tho I am open to suggestions). What I need is the proper name for it. My mechanic only said it was power steering box but when I do a search on rockauto.com it doesnt come up but everything else does... Dont wanna order the wrong part as shipping cost about 40$ and no refunds on the shipping part :/

RevCo666 04-04-2013 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by geiman (Post 3594442)
On RockAuto, it's listed as "Steering Gear" under the steering section.

Thank you geiman, so far there are several to choose from:


More Information for LARES 1353 (95.16$) Remanufactured

More Information for ATSCO 7525
(121.55) Remanufactured

More Information for LARES 1352
(146.91) Remanufactured

Product Detail
(149.97$) Remanufactured

More Information for OMIX-ADA 1800410
(581.21$ beyond my budget)

I'm not big on Remanufactured parts, I prefer new with a warranty if I can help it... Any recommendations?

RevCo666 04-04-2013 05:33 PM

Bump for suggestions on my choices please.

geiman 04-04-2013 05:40 PM

It's been a while since I've looked, but pretty much everything that cheaper than $285 will be a reman if I had to guess. At least anything worthwhile. I bought a reman from PSC for my old TJ for around that price, I think just a bit less, and it was a very nice box.

All Terrain JK 04-04-2013 05:43 PM

I put the Lares 1553 on my son's 00 tj about three months ago. Works great and really tightened up the steering. He also has 31s.

Ender1183 04-04-2013 05:50 PM

Just did mine on my 97. 98 durango no snowplow form autozone, $190. I just had to turn the wheel to get to the bolt on the steering. I know your not suppose to do it but i wasn't going to take the grill off...

Went from a sloppy steering wheel with a dead zone to a very responsive(for a jeep) steering.

Used the instructions below.
Durango Steering Box Conversion

RevCo666 04-04-2013 05:56 PM

rockauto being a good company, am I worrying for nothing about re-manufactured parts?

RevCo666 04-04-2013 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by All Terrain TJ (Post 3594970)
I put the Lares 1553 on my son's 00 tj about three months ago. Works great and really tightened up the steering. He also has 31s.

Do you mean Lares: part 1353?

All Terrain JK 04-04-2013 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by RevCo666 (Post 3595053)

Do you mean Lares: part 1353?

Yes sorry. I just spent 16hrs driving home from Georgia I'm a litte beat. :)

All Terrain JK 04-04-2013 06:27 PM

I installed the Durango gear in mine at the same time but I run 33s.

RevCo666 04-04-2013 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by All Terrain TJ (Post 3595129)
Yes sorry. I just spent 16hrs driving home from Georgia I'm a litte beat. :)

No worries, I thought meant another different part I didn't list. And thank you for sharing that info. Just trying to get the best for my buck without cheaping out too much.

PS I know the feeling of driving for too long. Worked night shift at a gas station, afterwards took an hour power nap then drove 17hours round trip during a winter storm. Almost died a few times during that trip. Never will I do that again, or at least try not too.

Overthink 04-04-2013 06:56 PM

If everything's still nice and tight, you can get a rebuild kit and replace the seals, for a lot less money.

RevCo666 04-04-2013 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Overthink (Post 3595234)
If everything's still nice and tight, you can get a rebuild kit and replace the seals, for a lot less money.

Any links you can provide would be great, my only issue is I am a computer geek, not mechanically inclined. I dont trust myself and would only end up paying my mechanic double if not more to fix what I messed up even with a manual in hand if even tried :(

geiman 04-04-2013 07:18 PM

Rebuild kit is definitely much cheaper, but I've had a few friends who have done it multiple times and not one of them has had it permanently fix the problem. Not saying it isn't possible, just throwing that caution out there.

Overthink 04-04-2013 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by RevCo666 (Post 3595290)

Any links you can provide would be great, my only issue is I am a computer geek, not mechanically inclined. I dont trust myself and would only end up paying my mechanic double if not more to fix what I messed up even with a manual in hand if even tried :(

I did mine a long time ago. From what I remember, the kit came with a diagram. It wasn't hard. If you can do brakes, your can replace seals. Just photo and put everything back the way you took it out. You don't want to disassemble the entire box, just enough to get to the seals.

RevCo666 04-04-2013 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Overthink (Post 3595336)
I did mine a long time ago. From what I remember, the kit came with a diagram. It wasn't hard. If you can do brakes, your can replace seals. Just photo and put everything back the way you took it out. You don't want to disassemble the entire box, just enough to get to the seals.

I would try but at the moment I am dealing with some serious health issues. Just moving about for less then an hour kills me. On morphine and other painkillers right now for a botched kidney stone operation. So I need to have a working jeep which is pretty close to being my wheel chair :(


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