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Unread 04-21-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Power steering gearbox

My power steering gear box is leaking at the pitman arm/lower end. Does anyone have the upgraded steering box? Is it worth the price as opposed to an OEM rebuilt unit? My jeep is a mud runner-no rocks in florida.

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Unread 04-21-2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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For now, I used Lucas Oil power steering stop-leak. To my surprise, it ACTUALLY worked incredibly. Obviously not a permanent fix, but it will most likely bide you some time.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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There are replacement seal kits from the deal that aren't too expensive. However, if you want to look at this as an opportunity to upgrade, a steering box from a Durango with snow plow package will bolt on and is much stronger.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 01:51 PM   #4
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I finally got the rebuilt trans from Tellico back in my jeep this weekend, so its the first time I've driven it in the 4 months I've owned it. went to turn around in my cul-de-sac and had no power steering. checked the reservoir - it was bone dry, so I filled up the fluid cranked the wheel lock-to-lock fifty times and started it up. Power steering fluid began pooring out of the gear box seal and the pump


I've ordered a 98 Durango box from Napa, new hoses, a pump and a V-Belt. I'll take pics when i put it all in.

from what I've read the difference in the Durango box is that the interior gear set is a bit beefier than the stock one and the difference between the two Durango boxes (w. plow or w.o plow) is the number of turns on lock-to-lock

the one without the plow is closest to the jeep.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 06:19 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the info so far. Im going to look into the durango gearbox. jb4 you mentioned ordering a v-belt? I use a serpantine belt on the wrangler. I was also hoping to hear from someone who has installed the AGR gear boxes and pumps. It seems they are almost the same price as a new oem one.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 06:46 PM   #6
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I have a PSC Steering Box. It was a definite improvement over stock. It is a bit expensive, but worth it. Now that I have larger tires it feels like I have 29's on there it's great. I going to be looking into the PSC Pump and Reservoir pretty soon.

http://www.pscmotorsports.com/
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Unread 04-21-2008, 07:22 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the info so far. Im going to look into the durango gearbox. jb4 you mentioned ordering a v-belt? I use a serpantine belt on the wrangler. I was also hoping to hear from someone who has installed the AGR gear boxes and pumps. It seems they are almost the same price as a new oem one.
I'm sorry, force of habit. 'v belt' is meant to mean 'serpentine belt'.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 08:09 PM   #8
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So... with the durango gearbox, it just bolts up, but is the durango power steering pump needed? Or is my factory tj pump good to use with that gearbox? Thanks

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Unread 04-21-2008, 08:36 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the info so far. Im going to look into the durango gearbox. jb4 you mentioned ordering a v-belt? I use a serpantine belt on the wrangler. I was also hoping to hear from someone who has installed the AGR gear boxes and pumps. It seems they are almost the same price as a new oem one.
ive got an agr box wooks great,good improvement i would deff recomend it, if u get it the only thing i recomend is u throw some clear coat on it mine started to get surface rust first time it got wet
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