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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-01-2000, 10:11 PM
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Why cant I find this?(pitman shaft seal)

My dealer shows that the pitman shaft seal for a 1983 cj7 powersteering is a pn#j4486140,but its not even close to big enough (is that the manual-steering seal mabe??),anybody know the correct pn#??
Also,while I got you on,is it as easy as it looks to replace??-remove pitman arm-snapring-washer-and pick out old seal?thanx alot.

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Re: Why cant I find this?(pitman shaft seal)

I just went thru this with the steering shaft seal. If your box is from an 83, is leaking and never been rebuilt it is a sure sign that it needs attention, more attention than replacing just that seal. Due to the pressure in a ps box, if you replace that seal you are most likely going to start leaking at the steering shaft seal or somewhere else. Do yourself a favor in the long run and get the box rebuilt, it most likely really needs it inside too. This is one of the few things I did not do myself, they are complicated, I let a pro do it. You might want to see the thread on this from a couple weeks ago.

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Re: Why cant I find this?(pitman shaft seal)

i replaced the pitman arm seal last year. it is really easy to do. take the pitman arm off, remove the snap ring, start the engine and turn the wheel in the direction told in the instructions. the seals (there are two) will fall out. just have a container to catch the fluid.

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Re: Why cant I find this?(pitman shaft seal)

Yes, both those seals are easy to replace, BUT, you missed my point. A 17 year old steering box on a 4by is going to need some attention. I thought my box was doing fine, had it totally rebuilt, I didn't know that my steering could be so good, I had forgotten over time due to wear in the box. Like I said, that seal leaking is just telling you the box needs attention on the whole.

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