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how hard is it to put new seals in the sterring box

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It's not difficult. I did it once and got it all back together, but one of the seals leaked anyway. The instructions call for an installation tool - a thin metal sleeve - to slip a seal over a splined shaft. I didn't have one and probably cut the seal in the process. There is no doubt a way to do without the tool, but I tried to be Cheap Charlie and paid for it.

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thanks mine leaks now so i was going to just get that leak stopped or try to

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Is it the input seal or pitman arm seal?

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I replaced my whole gear box. bought a reman from autozone... it was fairly easy and cheap

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Is it the input seal or pitman arm seal?
i think the pitrm seal

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That is the easy one to change. Just remove the pitman arm (the hard part of the project), remove the snap ring, start the jeep and turn the wheel and it will spit those seals out. Just put in the new seals and you're done.

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Input seal

Ok how hard to replace the input seal?

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anyone ever replace the input seal?

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I've replaced pitman and input seals without a complete tear down and "knock on wood" I've never had a problem. I remove the gear from the vehicle. I would never try this on the input end without removing the gear.

Remove the retainer snap ring and then very carefully drill a small hole (1/16th) in the metal portion of the seal. Now take a very short/small flat head screw and turn it into the hole. You can now pry up on the flat head of the screw to get the seal to start coming out. I usually have to drill a second hole across from the first and work them one at a time, wiggling the seal out.

CAUTION: You must be very careful to drill through the metal portion of the seal. Do not allow the bit to contact the input/pitman shaft. This could scar the shaft and cause you to have to buy a complete gear.

I bet I've used this method fifteen times. If the input seal is leaking, I would go ahead and do the pitman seals as well. You don't want to tear back into it a week later.

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