Hey, I just bought this Jeep Monday, and I have been learning how to drive stick on it. I haven't taken it off the road at all, just to and from parking lots to learn how to drive stick. I parked it in my dorm parking garage, and I went to it two hours later and there was a fresh leak, directly under the steering box/pitman arm. I saw a post about someone who fixed their steering box, and gave a very detailed write up about it (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/f...g-box-1088128/). I also saw someone say they used Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak, a liquid that, well, stops the leak. My question is, should I go and do the repair, being new to Jeeps, or should I try the Stop Leak. I guess I could try the liquid, and if it doesn't work, try the repair, I didn't think about that.
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go get one from a durango at a junk yard. Shouldnt cost to much, it will bolt right up and is much stronger then the one on there.
So what if my Yj is 5 years older then I am?
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87 YJ- 4.2TBI, Dana 44's, 35 KM2's, SOA
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I wouldn't mess around with the stop leak, it's only a temporary solution. The steering gear box isn't too difficult to take off and it would probably be cheaper and easier to do what Hbeaudreau said and get a steering box from a 98-99 Dodge Durango.
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I had the same problem with a leaking steering box...2000 Wrangler TJ.
Solutions are: 1) Replace with a rebuilt one - probably less than $200 w/ core and your time to do it. (OR a new one....more $).
2) Rebuild .... Kits are probably less than $40 at NAPA - and your time to do it. Results are "iffy" I'm told.
So, I tried something that an "old timer" showed me about 40 years ago.
I put about 1/2 oz of brake fluid (NO MORE) into the power steering reservoir. Brake fluid will swell o-rings. I did this - don't add any more than this. I watched my leak decrease in a couple of days and in less tan a week, it was gone.
That was about three months ago. At this time there is NO leaking from my PS gear.
I did this as a personal test....if it didn't work, i would have to replace the steering gear anyway.
This is quick, cost effective and it worked.
So far, so good,
ALSO, FIRST, I put a bottle of Lucas into the PS Reservoir. NO CHANGE in the leak.
.....Called Lucas, sent in the upc & receipt and got a refund.
I will probably use a turkey baster & short hose to pull out about a qt of "old" fluid and replace w/ new fluid one of these rainy days.
Overall. I am satisfied with the results of this test.
If you try it, let us know how it works out.
I have the same problem as MRJOHN with power steering on my yj. It was slowed the leak down to a little leak with lucas, but the AT fluid sounds good. I will put that idea away for a leakey day :-)
My wifes ford started the ford PS howl and lucas made it a wimper. Just wonder if some 90 wt. would of worked the same!
I did Lucas, I got a couple of good reviews from a few friends, and it was cheaper. Put it in yesterday, no leak yet. If it starts leaking, I'll let you know. Thanks for the ideas guys, hdsport, interesting idea.