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Unread 06-22-2011, 06:12 PM   #16
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Remember there is more fluid in the whole system than in the reservoir. Right now you're just filling the system up. Keep doing what you've been doing and the leak will show.

Frankly I'd replace the steering box and the hoses. Pump is suspect too from being run while empty.

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Unread 07-10-2011, 12:41 AM   #17
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The overall objective here is to get the power steering to function again, but I can't do a complete box replacement.

Remember- the power steering no longer works at all, and I've narrowed it down to the box, the reservoir moves fluid out, but it leaks out- which I don't have the resources to replace (I'd have to buy one, and have someone install it as I haven't ever performed any kind of mechanical replacement on this scale. a big $$ grabber).

I wanted to see if there was a way to stop the leak to get the power steering to work again. I've read that LUCAS stop leak is pretty good at stopping a leak in the system - one thing I'm a bit sketchy on. It says it fixes most 'Rack and Pinion' problems. From what I know, ZJ's don't use Rack and Pinion, they use a reciprocating ball / gearbox configuration. If I used the stop leak would it seal the gearbox leak on the pitman shaft? Would it be more time worthy and money-worthy to rebuild (new seals) on the pitman shaft?
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Unread 07-10-2011, 12:52 AM   #18
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You need to find out if and where it is leaking from. You said you added fluid and then the level dropped again. Wipe everything down and keep adding more fluid until you find out where the leak is.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 12:55 AM   #19
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I'll look again- but I'm more than sure it's where the the pitman arm connects to the box. Of all of the steering components I inspected, it was the only thing that wasn't clean, and it was totally caked in fluid.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 01:09 AM   #20
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Just wipe everything down (hoses,connections,steering box,pump reservoir, etc)and then add fluid. Then you will be certain where the leak is coming from.
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