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Unread 07-04-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Steering box Questions

1981 cj5 power steering, when I had this jeep running for a few hours before my teardown to restore it the steering box would constantly drip fluid to the point it would need fluid added all the time .
Jeep ran down the road fine no issues with the steering so Question is about SEALS in the steering box, I called local parts store and seals are available for a reasonable price IS it worth trying to do seals to correct the leaking or just look for another box to replace this one ??? Anyone done replacement of the major seals in one of these before with satisfactory results OR not worth the effort.?????
Browsing through the cataloges STEERING BOXES ARE XXXPENSIVE !!!!@#$

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Unread 07-04-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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Many people say it's not worth it to rebuild the steering boxes. I got my replacement box at autozone and I think it was like $130 or something.. and I don't remember about the core charge.

You can spend a LOT of money on boxes.. and I'm sure they're really worth it. But I went with a cheap replacement, if it craps out on me I'll probably go with a nicer one.
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Unread 07-04-2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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MIKE, you must have gotten a "rebuilt" unit for that kind of money.
How long have you had it in use now ?? Any quirks with it or does it seem just dandy like candy ??
That seems like a good route to go for the money if yer satisfied with it.
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Unread 07-04-2010, 03:38 PM   #4
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Hey yeah it was a rebuilt one. I bought it when I had 33's and no intention on going to 35's. However now that I'm on 35's, when this one craps out on me I'll go with a heavy duty one meant to turn bigger tires.

But as of right now, it's been on there a couple years with no problems. Gets me around and over everything I've wanted.
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