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post #1 of 11 Old 09-17-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Steering gear box ?

I have a '77 CJ-5. I replaced the steering gear box and lower steering shaft. It drives great now, but still makes a squealing noise, only when I turn the wheel to the left. The belt is tight, fluid is good. Think I could have a defective gear box?

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-19-2011, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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hmmmm, no ideas?
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-19-2011, 07:29 PM
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Try belt dressing just to see if it has any effect.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-19-2011, 08:31 PM
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You could have not bleed all the air out!
Jack up the front end. Take off the power steering pump cap.
Start the jeep. Turn the wheels all the way left, then all the way right.
Do this a dozen times! Does the fluid look milky. If so you still are getting air bubbles. Keep doing it!
You will probably loose some fluid! keep checking on it!

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You could have not bleed all the air out!
Jack up the front end. Take off the power steering pump cap.
Start the jeep. Turn the wheels all the way left, then all the way right.
Do this a dozen times! Does the fluid look milky. If so you still are getting air bubbles. Keep doing it!
You will probably loose some fluid! keep checking on it!
The last pump I put on, a PSC it said to not start the engine. Wheels off the ground, turn lock to lock, keep a eye on the fluid level, till no air.

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Try belt dressing just to see if it has any effect.
I did try the belt dressing and I tightened the belt a little. It seemed to do a little better maybe , but only for a day.

The ps fluid does not look milky.
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I did try the belt dressing and I tightened the belt a little. It seemed to do a little better maybe , but only for a day.

The ps fluid does not look milky.
How old is the belt? Or the one you have could be glazed from prior slippage.

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The belt does not look very old. I have only had the jeep a few weeks. A guy looked at it today, said it is the power steering pump. But wouldn't it be making the noise when you turn the wheel to the right also?
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-24-2011, 06:25 AM
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Since you replaced the steering box, I assume you removed the drag link from the pitman arm. It should be easy to remove again, raise both front wheels off the ground. Check for any binding, by moving the wheels back and forth.

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Since you replaced the steering box, I assume you removed the drag link from the pitman arm. It should be easy to remove again, raise both front wheels off the ground. Check for any binding, by moving the wheels back and forth.

Bill
OK, I think we may have figured out part of it. The front left leaf springs are popping when you turn the wheel back and forth. Do they make a clamp to keep the springs from popping and moving?

That doesn't explain the power steering pump whining when I turn the wheel to the left.
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post #11 of 11 Old 09-25-2011, 07:31 AM
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Were the front wheels off the ground when they were "popping". If they wern't, its normal for the springs to move a little, and make some noise. Did you do what I said about the pitman/drag link?

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