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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-02-2001, 08:06 AM
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Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

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looked underneath the zook the other day and found what looked to oil on the bottom of the Steeering gear box. It was located right on the bottom, on the gear that connect to the pitman arm ( i think). I thought it might be some leak from another component, so i wiped it clean and its back this morning, The steering does not seem out of whack, although the steering wheel is slightly out of line. I checked the components surrounding and it does not look like anything is leaking onto the gear box- rather it seems that it is coming from inside the box and leaking down onto the shaft. Note- I do NOT have Power steering. So what the heck is it? Is there fluid(grease,oil) in the steeing box? the oil is lt brown, and a fairly thin consistency. I thought maybe dirty brake fluid- but again dont see where it is coming from.Because its steering related, Im kinda worried about driving it, as loosing control at 65 is not on "things to do " list.
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Re: Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

Maybe the seal in the bottom of the steering box is bad. Could it be leaking from the top of the box?? Could be overfilled.

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Re: Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

i agree sounds like you have a bad seal and yea the have grease in them

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Re: Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

The steering box has 90 w gear oil in it. sounds like your
seal is leaking. Thats the bad news. The good news is I think I have about 3 of them laying around that are good.

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Re: Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

Thanks Glenn. How urgent is it to replace?And whats the difficulty? i looked in Haynes and the description was less than stellar. Should i look to rplace the whole box or try and replace the seal. It seems that this just started leaking within the last few days. Oh well...when it rains it pours. If ya think it should be fixed asap, email me or something and we can figure out how to get a box out to me.
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Re: Fluid on Steering Gear Box?

Well It depends on how much it is leaking. if just a little
then you can wait, or add some 90w into the box.
its basicly 3 bolts and the draglink to take it off, and if you put a new seal in you will need to take it off the truck
anyway. the pitman arm on these is supposed to be a real pain to get off (If you wanted to put a sealin.)
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