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post #1 of 9 Old 07-16-2016, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Durango box leaking from the square plate

Hi All,
I had a weeping steering box for a while and never got around to it but now I'm starting to leave a little puddle after driving for a while. I used athlete's foot spray to find the source and I can see that the fluid is seeping out from under the square plate with four bolts (~14mm) plus the adjuster bolt. Most searches talk about leaking from where the shafts are located so I figured I'd start a new thread. The only info I've found is that there is a rebuild kit that contains the square gasket/seal for the square plate but it's seems like a lot to by just for one seal. Is this something that can be fixed with RTV or similar or do I definitely need that gasket?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-16-2016, 09:48 AM
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You could always get a roll of gasket material and make one yourself. If it work great, if not then you can move on to the rebuild kit.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-16-2016, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah i'll probably use some form a gasket type stuff and see if it works. Ill check the mating surfaces too. The box is new to me but it is a reman at the end of the day

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-25-2016, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thought I'd wrap this one up for anyone else that has the same problem. In short, using very fine sandpaper to smooth the mating surfaces and then applying black RTV fixed the problem. Spraying athlete's foot powder spray allowed me to identify the source of the leak. Here are the pics, you'll see that in the last pic the surfaces have been prepped and are ready for some RTV.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-27-2016, 08:21 AM
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Excellent, I have several levels of surface prep tools to do the best possible gasket seal I can. I like your work.

I have done so much with so little for so long, I can do anything with nothing forever.

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Thanks man, I appreciate it. It's one of the more thankless jobs. Much less cool than slapping new parts on

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-27-2016, 01:56 PM
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I love detail so cleaning painting and other stuff just makes your stuff look better. I make it a point to always try to detail everything I work on so it looks basically new. This way it becomes clear what I have worked on.

I have done so much with so little for so long, I can do anything with nothing forever.

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post #8 of 9 Old 10-29-2016, 10:12 AM
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I love detail so cleaning painting and other stuff just makes your stuff look better. I make it a point to always try to detail everything I work on so it looks basically new. This way it becomes clear what I have worked on.
I do the same but also paint the parts typicaly in red for my accent color if not black for the rest of the yj

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When i changed my ax5 and had to swap bellhousings
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-30-2016, 02:28 PM
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looks great

I have done so much with so little for so long, I can do anything with nothing forever.

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