Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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Holy bad steering box after 450 ish miles
As you guys know I don't get to drive my jeep much, and sitting in the shop with the head off for over a year didn't help much. Took it to get a new alignment and they won't do it because every tie rod end was bad and they said the steering box was bad, I immediately called bs because I knew I had a new one on there,,, well remained one. I took it home ordered the parts and knowing the box was gonna be fine I said no way am I buying a new one. So parts come in and under the jeep I go. Only trouble I had was the dang steering damper that wouldn't come out,, so I just took it off. As I was taking out pins I grabbed the steering arm and found 3/8 + play in the shaft front to back and play you could feel in and out. That translates to about 3/4 inch of play at the end of the pitman arm.
Knowing I must have goofed and not put a new box on I flipped through the moldy notebook in my glove box,, sure enough in April 2010 she got a reman box, only put just over 450 miles on it since and this box is shot. Good news is I have a good parts supplier and he ordered me a replacement under warranty,, now if I can just get the pitman arm off. I had a j20 box, that may be my fail safe!
Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.