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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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Re-sealed steering box?

Mine is pouring fluid from the input shaft, and I have carefully ruled out leaking PS hoses. So, has anyone ever re-built or re-sealed a steering box? The steering on my wagon steering box seems to have minimal slop and wander (fairly low mileage, and not off-roaded)
A new box from Advance will set you back about $125 after the core trade, but I also found a rebuild/ re-seal kit for less than $40, which seems like a pretty good savings over a complete replacement.

What problems or issues has anyone encountered with either option? Can I expect to re-seal the shaft and keep on going or is a complete replacement the best option?


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Unread 10-07-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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I've rebuild several. They are actually incredibly easy. Only one continued to leak, but I'm convinced I was sold the wrong kit with a different output seal. You just need to make sure you inspect the sealing surfaces and the sector shaft gears and worm gear for pitting. If these are present I'd get a new box.

Make sure you replace the sector shaft bearing also, this should tighten the box up considerably if the gears inside are in good shape. Google "saginaw steering box rebuild" for writeups.

You should also be able to get cheaper than $40 on Rockauto.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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For what it's worth, I was able to pick up a 2000 Chevy S10 steering box at a local parts yard for $45. Was already pulled and cleaned, and had like a 60 day warranty or something crazy (which at least covers it having bad seals right off). Bolts right up as a stock replacement on my 90 GW (and pretty much any within 8-10 years older too). found it for me.

Bonus is it is supposed to offer a more progressive steering feel...tighter in small turns, loosens up the more you turn. If you wheel a lot, it may be a tad more tiring (off roaders seem to like loose steering) but I like the better feel on the highway.

Just an alternative, since it's the same price as seals.
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