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post #31 of 92 Old 03-26-2010, 12:00 PM
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Steering box. The lower end of the steering column just underneath the front bumper.

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post #32 of 92 Old 03-26-2010, 12:09 PM
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Steering box. The lower end of the steering column just underneath the front bumper.
In that case then I concur with Opihi59. The sealed steering box might of had a seal go bad. The only other thing that it "might" be is brake fluid. There is a brake line that goes around the bottom of the grill to cool I guess. Anyway, I know my YJ has it, maybe yours does too. Just from what you described clearish liquid. But you would of had brake problems and I'm not sure what color the fluid is in a non-power steering box.

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So guys, now that I had a second to take a look at the ride. It DOES have power steering... It IS leaking from the lower steering box. I knew some of these Jeeps don't have power steering so didn't think a thing of it until I really got a look at the engine. So I filled it up again, and wow that's a lot easier to drive.

I'm not sure if it's a gasket or a damaged bearing, it's leaking from the bottom of the steering box where the steering arm connects.
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I was wondering about a 95 without power steering, I have actually never seen a YJ without power steering


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post #35 of 92 Old 03-31-2010, 03:48 PM
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does the intermediate shaft telescope down? looks like it would.

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does the intermediate shaft telescope down? looks like it would.
I just replaced my whole steering box, it had a leak in it. The shaft looked collapsable, however mine was seized in it's position which made it hard to get the box off/on. We d/c-ed it right up at the top of the column. Hope this helps.
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I just replaced my whole steering box, it had a leak in it. The shaft looked collapsable, however mine was seized in it's position which made it hard to get the box off/on. We d/c-ed it right up at the top of the column. Hope this helps.
i think so.

i'm trying to do the bearing replacement w/o dropping the box... and would rather disconnect it at the bearing or lower shaft coming out the firewall.

i've been liquid wrenching it at the middle point on the intermediate hoping to get it to collapse... i wanted to know if it's ever going to.

if not i'll just drop the box and take it from there.

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Great write-up, by the way, the collapsing is necessary on the steering shaft, it prevents the steering from impaling the driver when in a frontal crash.....

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by the way, the collapsing is necessary on the steering shaft, it prevents the steering from impaling the driver when in a frontal crash.....
I wonder how much force it takes to collapse it, since everyone seems to have problems with that.

I never thought dropping the box would be a problem Mine has no rust at all but I can see now that rust may be a problem... However I do not know what is more difficult, getting the shaft to collapse or removing the rusty bolts at the frame.

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I haven't replaced one yet, but from what I understand it should be pretty easy to move (when it's brand new), after a couple of years of usage it probably jams in place if it's not lubricated frequently. But a frontal crash should be enough to free it...

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My steering shaft was fused together and would not slide/telescope. I PB'd it over a few days then removed it and "encouraged" it to slide, then took it apart and greased it up. Slides real well now.

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it's really not fair hwo clean your frame is...

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Nice wright up, and tiled floor to boot
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