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Installing a Lower Seal Kit on a Steering Gear

I have been looking and from what I see so far there is a inside lock ring that I have to remove along with a dust cover and a seal after I remove the pitman arm. I am to also check for any scoring or rust on the actual shaft, does this about sum it up, also I am hoping this can be done with the steering box still attached to the frame, any input would be appreciated

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Usely the Pitman shaft is scored or grooved. Thats why they leak. Rebuilt steering boxes arn't too expensive. That's the way I'd go. The outer seal on the pitman shaft is only the first step. There is two "O" rings behind it that hold the pressure. If it's leaking, You need a rebuild kit, not just a seal.

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Thanks Gerry, for the quick response, guess will be looking at a steering box, about $301.00 re manufactured or so. The states side about $147.00.

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Thanks Gerry, for the quick response, guess will be looking at a steering box, about $301.00 re manufactured or so. The states side about $147.00.
shop around for a better price in ON.

from my experience on the 1980- 1996 ish steering boxes removing from the truck is a better way to reseal the output. sounds like a lot more work but its not nearly as aggrevating! if you go with the seal kit pack as much grease into the area as possible, prevents crap contamination and will make the new seal last much longer.

big truck steering boxes come with grease fitting between the inner and outer output shaft seals for a reason

I've had bad experiences with reman boxes. they are usually over adjusted (too tight!) and should not have been rebuilt with the existing sector shafts.................

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James, I've had problems with one. After that, I adjusted the gear lash once I installed it. I've had no problem since.

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