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post #1 of 5 Old 07-01-2010, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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99 TJ leaking power steering fluid

My 99 TJ leaks power steering fluid constantly. Is there a quick-fix that anyone knows of, or do I need to replace the power steering box?


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post #2 of 5 Old 07-01-2010, 02:55 PM
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Uh, not to be an arse, but it kinda depends on what's leaking, dude. Is it coming from the box? Pump? A rusted line?

That said, the steering box is a common leaking point. I just replaced my 99 box about a month ago.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-01-2010, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure if it's leaking from the box, from the pump or from a rusted line...but i know that power steering fluid leaks are common in TJ's. any tips for identifying the exact source of the leak?

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-01-2010, 03:30 PM
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Well, for me it was the box. The pump was dry, the lines looked dry, but the box was wet, and it dripped fluid off the pitman arm. I put new lines on anyway - they are only like $20 each.

Check the pump first. Check underneath the pump, feel under it. Check for oil on the pulley and belt. If those are wet, it could be your pump front seal. If the pump is dry, check the lines. Then if all that is dry, it would be the box I would guess.

How many miles on your Jeep? I've got 175K, and my pump was still dry. So, based on my highly technical analysis of 1 Jeep, I think the box leaks before the pump does.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-01-2010, 03:59 PM
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My experience has been with a leaking pump. I followed the drip on the ground up to the pitman arm and then up along the lines that went into the box so I knew it was the pump or hoses. I found fluid all over the reservoir and pump so I replaced the pump. Find a good new/used Chrysler pump or go aftermarket. I wouldn't suggest going with a remanufactured unit from the parts stores. There's a great writeup on stu-offroad.com explaining the whole thing.
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