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Unread 03-10-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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TJ power steering box

Hi Guys,
I'm new to this forum. I just picked up a TJ with a 2" lift and 33"BFG's. There is a dead spot in the steering for 11-1 o'clock. I got under it and had a buddy turn the wheel back and forth in the dead spot. The steering column shaft is moving going in to the box, but the pitman arm isn't moving coming out. It seems to me the gears are worn and the box needs to be replaced. I tried adjusting the allen screw on the top, but all that did was make the steering tighter and the Jeep drift across the lane. I just want to make sure this is the problem before I start putting new parts on.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Yep it's your steering gear. Mine was like that. I replaced it with a quality reman gear from PSC and now have zero play.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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You can also buy a steering gear box that is designed for a '99 Durango 4x4. It is a direct bolt in to your Jeep and has a larger piston in it which helps make it easier to turn larger tires.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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for a temporary fix you can tighten up the steering gear, on top of the gear there is a locking nut and an adjustment screw, loosen the nut, tighten the screw, when snug back it off about 1/8 to a 1/4 turn and tighten down the nut, it isnt a permanent fix but it will help, the steering gear will continue to wear out, but it will increase the drivability until you can get a gear box for it.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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I tried adjusting the allen screw on the top, but all that did was make the steering tighter and the Jeep drift across the lane.
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for a temporary fix you can tighten up the steering gear, on top of the gear there is a locking nut and an adjustment screw
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Unread 10-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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durango swap

I have a 97 TJ will the direct swap mean my lines and Pitman arm can all be used, ! Thanks
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Unread 10-02-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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I have a 97 TJ will the direct swap mean my lines and Pitman arm can all be used, ! Thanks
Yes it's a direct swap. You want the steering gear box from a 1998 Durango with the "318" motor I think iirc. I can't remember if it's the snow plow edition or not. Look it up on pirate.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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ell e pressure line out of the pump would not break free of the nut so I twisted the metal part beyond repair another $75. Dang !
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