Wrangler TJ steering gear input seal notes.
Put a new steering gear input shaft seal on son's 97, lots of aggravation, couple things for anyone searching. Unhook the battery first. I had to turn the steering wheel 1/2 turn to get to the shaft collar bolt, check this before doing anything. Then tie the steering wheel in place and don't move it. Getting the gear out is a real pain of course but be sure to mark the drag link to case and the upper lock ring and collar to the case to get it all back like it was. I unhooked the hoses from the pump and reservoir up top, snaked them down through while pulling the pump out of the steering shaft spline. Those fittings on the steering gear are metric and impossible to get to. The seal is almost impossible to find, local parts stores didn't have it, didn't list it at one place, no home shipping, sorry. O'reillys did have a listing and was able to get it next morning. This was part number 8777 or 349650. About $15 for the two piece kit. Seal was about 1/4 in too big on the OD, didn't fit the 97. Spent a couple hours looking on the web, finally found out this gear is near the same as most Chevy S10s, and some full size. Seal for this is usually kit 8525 or 351320, fit exactly as it should with new seal, new dust seal, new collar O-ring and new snap ring for $9. So get your old seal out and take it with you to compare. That old seal probably won't come out from the outside, you'll need to remove the lock ring and bearing collar and knock it out from the back side. It seats right next to a caged roller bearing so drilling and putting screws in it to pry it out is probably not a good idea and probably won't bring it out anyway. Also, I don't think the O-ring on the PS pump line is supposed to be put on like this? this is the way it came out, didn't leak. See Picture. Feel free to add any hints or shortcuts you have to help others. Those you tube videos are handy - but they sure gloss over some of the nasty parts.