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Unread 10-09-2003, 09:14 PM   #1
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Power Steering rebuild?

My power steering gearbox is leaking so badly, I just let it leak out and just took the PS belt off. I know I can get a rebuild kit for it. How hard of a job is that? A new/reconditioned gearbox is a good bit more expensive than a rebuild. Should I attempt the rebuild or buy a new one? I'm all about saving a buck if it's not a royal pain to rebuild.

'78 CJ7 - 304 - Hooker Headers/Sidepipes
TH400/QuadraTrac, B&M shifter (sold spring '04)

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Unread 10-10-2003, 08:24 AM   #2
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the big problem can be getting the pitman arm off they can be very tight after that the seals can be a pain but done with most hand tool
1978 cj-7 had since 1979
401 .030 over- full floating flat top pistons
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model 20 transfer case
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Unread 10-10-2003, 08:24 AM   #3
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First figure out where it's leaking from. In my case it was the input shaft seal. I fixed it a few months ago I just bought the seal kit from Autozone for like $10.

First, remove the big snap ring on top.

Then there's a rubberized dust shield that you have to pry out. There should be a new one in the seal kit.

Now you're finally to the seal. Take a small nail and drive it through the metal part of the seal - not too deep though.

Next, take a screw and screw it into the hole so it has a good grip.

Now, grab the screwhead with some pliers and you can pull the seal out.

Installation is the reverse, without the nail hole and screw.
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