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Steering Box Replacement

Can anyone tell me how to replace the steering box? There is a leak where the pitman arm goes into the box and I have never done this before. Any advice would be a great help.


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Remove steering shaft, remove p/s steering lines, remove drag link.

Remove 3 bolts from frame viola it's out.

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Do I have to get the pitman arm out? If so do I use a puller?

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I dont know jack about this but

would that just be a seal around the pittman arm shaft? just trying to help!

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I believe that it is a seal but things can get worn around the seal and I don't want to have to do this again. Found the steering box for $166 plus core. Not bad.

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The pitman arm is removed after box removal using a puller.

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dont be surprised if after replacing the steering box, the new one developes leaks from the same spot down the road. do a search for DSS, it is a brace that supports the pitmam arm shaft so that you dont tear the bearings and seals out of the PS box.
my new box lasted 3months of use, thats 8-10hrs a day 5 days a week, I ended up installing a NApa seal kit(came with lower bearing) and a DSS, its not leaked since and I likely have 60,000+ (gotta check my log book to be certain) of intown use on it!

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My preference is to remove the pitman arm prior to removing the box, sometimes you have to beat on it a bit and that is not easy with the box flopping around on the floor. You will need a pitman arm puller.

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Once I put the new box in how do I reinstall the pitman arm and in what order do I do things on the install? Thanks for the help guys. I am going to start this project by myself in an hour.

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put the pitmarm on the shaft, instal the nut and impact it on, also ensure the steering box is centered first as the arm can be installed incorrectly.

center box first on the floor, by turning lock to lock counting turns then turn back 1/2 the number of turns. also ensure you lock the steering wheel so it does not spin around "winding up the clock spring" and ruining it. when you are ready to install the steering colum to the box you can unlock the steering(use your key) to rotate it enough to line up the bolt and tightenit up

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Thanks guys. He goes nothing. I will take pictures and try to post them tomorrow.

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