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Unread 08-28-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
Loganwolf
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98 Steering Gearbox Leak

I have a slight power steering leak around the pitman arm shaft on the gearbox. I bought a replacement seal kit from advance auto parts but I was wondering if this is worth doing? I have read that the 98 durango gearbox is a great upgrade but money is a little tight and the seal kit was only like $9 vs $164 for the new durango with snow plow box. This is not a serious leak but I am the kind of person that if I fix it once I do not want it popping up again anytime soon. So the question I have is if I replace the seal what is the chances of it leaking again soon. Also keep in mind that I have 31s on my Jeep so I am not that far over the factory tire size.

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Unread 08-28-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the life of a TJ. Everyone's steering gear box leaks. You can do the durango swap, but it's really not that beneficial if you're planning on staying with 31's.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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When replacing the seals, be extremely careful not to nick them. Most reseal jobs fail, and (in my opnion) that is why.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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durango box

i upgraded to the durango steering box and absolutely love it....the factory gear box barely leaked on mine with 31s on it and when i upgraded the suspension and tires to 33s it finally gave out....i just always kept a bottle of power steering fluid in my jeep till i saved up for the swap.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 07:57 PM   #5
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I have a slight power steering leak around the pitman arm shaft on the gearbox. I bought a replacement seal kit from advance auto parts but I was wondering if this is worth doing? I have read that the 98 durango gearbox is a great upgrade but money is a little tight and the seal kit was only like $9 vs $164 for the new durango with snow plow box. This is not a serious leak but I am the kind of person that if I fix it once I do not want it popping up again anytime soon. So the question I have is if I replace the seal what is the chances of it leaking again soon. Also keep in mind that I have 31s on my Jeep so I am not that far over the factory tire size.
If you can do it yourself, then it is absoultely worth doing. If you are lucky the seal wore out which isn't terribly uncommon. If you aren't as lucky, the pitman shaft has started rusting and that is what tore the seal. Just be sure the shaft is clean and smooth where the seal rides. A little emory cloth should help if it has started corroding.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 08:21 PM   #6
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Lucas Power Steering Fix
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Unread 08-30-2010, 03:11 PM   #7
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Everyone's steering gear box leaks. .
Mine didn't. On 35s for 5 years so far.
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Unread 08-30-2010, 03:12 PM   #8
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Lucas Power Steering Fix
Worst idea ever.
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Unread 08-31-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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Ok thanks everyone. I don't think I am going to really worry about it because it has been leaking for a few months now but I have yet to have to add power steering fluid in the system. It is a really slow leak that or something else is leaking near the steering box. I am planning on replacing the steering box at some point with the durango box because at some point I want to put bigger tires on the jeep.
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