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Unread 02-15-2013, 07:53 AM   #61
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Isn't that for power steering? I have manual steering.

I didn't know you had manual. I don't think XJ's came with manual boxes. Sorry.

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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:24 AM   #62
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So.....is this write up for Power Steering? I'm confused. I have manual steering and a lot of slack.
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You can adjust a manual steering gearbox the same way.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #64
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You can adjust a manual steering gearbox the same way.
ok. I did do that, and it didn't work, so I guess I'm going to replace it. Is it a direct replacement (bolts out bolts in)? Anything special I need to know? My kid rides in my Jeep with me, so I don't need to learn anything the hard way.
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Replacing the gearbox with another stock one is pretty straight forward. On the install you will need another pair of hands to guide steering shaft on while you mount the gearbox. Get a friend, some hand cleaner and a couple of beers.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #66
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Replacing the gearbox with another stock one is pretty straight forward. On the install you will need another pair of hands to guide steering shaft on while you mount the gearbox. Get a friend, some hand cleaner and a couple of beers.
Cool, that's what I needed to hear. Thanks!
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Unread 02-18-2013, 06:10 PM   #67
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Got it replaced. It was pretty much easy. A couple pointers for any other novices: Rent a pitman arm puller (AutoZone $15)
Before you do anything turn the wheels all the way left.
Turn the shaft on the new gear box all the way to the left.
A breaker bar and /or an impact wrench is recommended.
You will need help connecting the the steering shaft to the new gear.

My install worked great and solved the problem. I've been driving it all weekend. My steering wheel is even centered perfectly when driving straight.
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I just did this alond with heavy duty tie rod and drag link stuff, and WOW its so much better. I dont feel like im going to die at 60 mph anymore. It did take something like 3 turns of the adjustment screw to get it tight though.
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Reviving an old thread,

I have a 02 TJ that has a slight pop feel in the steering wheel. I can grab the steering shaft where it connects into the gearbox and slightly wiggle it. Will adjusting this nut tighten it up or is that for a different purpose?
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It may tighten it up but be on the lookout for a new box.
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Reviving an old thread,

I have a 02 TJ that has a slight pop feel in the steering wheel. I can grab the steering shaft where it connects into the gearbox and slightly wiggle it. Will adjusting this nut tighten it up or is that for a different purpose?
That "pop" feeling is generally from worn or dry tie rod ends. Pump 'em full of grease. If that doesn't help then you probably need new ends.
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WOW! I'll have fun checking this at the weekend
I was informed my steering gear had to be replaced at a cost of $1600 (dealership) due to a leak but I've got the part for $130 and I'll do the labor myself.
However upon announcing to a fellow Jeepster that I can turn my wheel about 1" before I get any resistance he sent me here screaming 'DANGER WILL ROBINSON'

Not sure if I should replace the whole thing as I have the part or just adjust it and see if it continues to leak.
I replaced the front pinion seal last weekend so now I'm not sure if I need to do anything to the steering gear except adjust it.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 09:49 AM   #73
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For less than $130 you could have gone to a junkyard and pulled a steering box off of a Durango or something else and replaced the whole thing.
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Well I am not sure on what this will affect if you didn't touch it to begin with. But, I recently replaced my input shaft seals. And after installing everything back in, I had about 90 degrees of play that wouldn't even move the pitman arm. So after the horrifying highway drive home, 45mins at 110km. I decided this had to be fixed. I thought it might be an alignment issue, but soon gave up on that. I went to a shop and had them look at it. They said 1600 bucks and it will be fixed. I would have believed them, but the guy said my gearbox was leaking. I failed to mention I just fixed that the night before. So I got a little upset, and used my outside voice. Can't go back there. Did a post here, no one was quite sure. Turns out when I removed the input shaft lock ring, to remove the inner seal housing, I should have counted the turns on the housing. I guess I didn't tighten it up enough. This is the piece that the input shaft goes into, it has two holes on the top of it. All I had to do was turn that about two more turns and there I go, back to about 3/8" of play. Hope this may help someone. The tool needed to turn the housing is called a adjustable face pin spanner wrench. I got mine from snap on for 50 bucks. Hope this helps. Oh you need the one with the 5/32" pins.

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I went swap my gear box out last night since I had a couple inches or so of play in my steering. As I went to loosen the bolt holding the shaft in the box I realized the bolt was not tightened down. Might want to check that last bolt going into the box before ripping the box out!! My steering is back on point!
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