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post #1 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Wj Thinking of the Steering Gear.

I've got a 2000 WJ v8. Recently, I found my power steering reservoir empty. I filled it... and I was towing that day --- backing several times into tricky places. These maneuvers emptied the reservoir again, so I filled it again.

Now I'm back home. I'm not sure how bad it is to be leaking that much fluid, but it looks like someone has already replaced the pump. Not sure on that, tho. I've only had the WJ for 1 year.

Looking at things, the lower part of the high pressure hose is wet and the hose fittings are quite rusty. The steering gear seems wet too --- and it is also quite rusty. What are my chances here? Steering Gear, Hoses, pump. Can I get some experienced hands to chime in with chances that each are the problem?

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Just had the wife turn the wheel while I looked under the hood. The leak seems to be coming from a bolt hole on the upper passenger side of the connection between the steering gear and the steering column. The fitting from the high pressure hose to this unit is dry ... as is the other fitting (low pressure ?).

The leak really does seem to be coming from the cranny between where the vertical part of the steering gear (rusty) interfaces with a shinier looking part that has the hoses going into it and connects to the bottom of the steering column.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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geez. Replying to my own post twice.

I think that alldata is calling this the "stub shaft housing" ... it has two o-rings ... a little one and a larger one ... in the interface between the stub shaft housing and the steering gear.

Now... it also cautions that if the bearing or seal is damaged, the housing needs to be replaced.

... so if this is my leak, should I be replacing o-rings or the housing?
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 06:26 AM
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Any chance you can take a pix or two and post?
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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It's tight in there. It's also cold. By the time I get out there, I'm probably out christmas shopping.

Anyways, I'll try to post pics at some point.
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Ho ho ho..... Tell me about it! Just want to get a better 'visual' of what you are dealing with.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Turns out that the stub shaft housing assemblies are all in Minnesota and won't be here until after new years at this point. They also want $370 for them. The local car quest has the whole steering gear for $299 ... so I got the whole steering gear from car quest and I'm just going to replace the whole thing. I also got the high and low pressure lines ... since the fittings are all rusted.

Once again... into the breach!
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-22-2012, 10:01 PM
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That seems really expensive for a steering box. Rockauto has them for $90-$120. Napa $165. Autozone $145. O'Reilly $142.


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post #9 of 11 Old 12-26-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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That seems really expensive for a steering box. Rockauto has them for $90-$120. Napa $165. Autozone $145. O'Reilly $142.
Yeah... Different market. Chrysler wants over $500 for it and just the Stub Shaft Housing is $377. Sigh.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-26-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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So... An update. I had a new high pressure hose (which I used), but no replacement for the low pressure hose. In the end, the low pressure hose ended up stripping the hole in the new steering gear --- so I'm going to need to see if I can convince the parts store to RMA that... dunno.

Meanwhile, you all can see the progress of the repair on my blog... the first post on the subject is here ... including some pictures.
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post #11 of 11 Old 12-27-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Updated the blog. Called Car Quest. They have so far agreed to replace the part on warranty. He wants to see the part. I'm entertaining family today, so I'll get to removing the bad part tomorrow.
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