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Newbeme
PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:22 am    Post subject: '93 Jeep Cherokee steering gearbox leak Reply with quote

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My son's Cherokee has a nasty leak on the lower shaft where the pitman arm attaches. I know I can get a kit for that seal, but do I need to take the box off the Jeep or can that seal be changed while the box is in the truck?
Thanks, Al
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry, I have not taken one apart.

But I imagine that it would be tons easier to do it off of the frame and on a work bench.

just my $0.02
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Newbeme
PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I found a partial write up on it last night that said I need to take the pitman arm off, remove the C-clip, washer, and two seals. Reinstall just the opposite and all should be good. Yeah, like anything is that easy. :roll:
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Removing the pitman arm could be a something and a half. Knowing how much snow you get, get a penetrant and start spraying and repeat a few days before you start tackling the job. That will make your job a lot easier.

Michael
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Pretty much everything I work on that has seen a road around here gets PB Blaster on it. We don't just put salt on the roads we also brine (salt water) them prior to a storm. That gets in everywhere. Have to love the mid west. :roll: Heat(as little as possible), hammers, and PB Blaster.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just a quick update-
I got the seals changed the night before last with the gear box in the truck. The pitman arm removal wasn't bad, but getting the new seals was a pain. I had to fab a seal driver that would fit into the gear box housing and the pitman arm shaft, then use a big hammer. The good news is after putting it all back together there are no leaks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When mine leaks, I know who to look for now!

How long did it take overall? I remember my extended warranty company paid out about $400 for the seal replacement for my TJ.
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Newbeme
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Under 2hours. One trick I forgot to mention is after you remove the pitman arm remove the snap ring. The start the vehicle and turn the steering all the way to the left. The pressure will blow the two seals out. Make sure you have a pan under it or you'll have a huge mess. Don't ask. :oops:

Here's the info I found on the net. Borrowed and saved.





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Seems like I will be doing this soon. I started seeing some leak on my steering box. Sadly I am up in Philly. I guess I will be using the stop leak for awhile before I can get to it.

I suppose you picked up the seals from the dealership? How is it holding up?

TIA,

mk
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Newbeme
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry it took so long to get back with you. We are still trying to get caught up from our trip to Attica,IN Badlands Offroad Park. I got the seal kit from NAPA and it hadn't leaked in a year of use. We traded in the Cherokee about 6 months ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:17 am    Post subject: '93 Jeep Cherokee steering gearbox leak Reply with quote

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must be that time my seals are starting to go too. It dosen't look like a fun job, I'm waiting for the kit to arrive and the time to change them out till then I'll have to deal with the drips and fluid loss.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It wasn't to bad of a job. Just a little messy.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It turned out to be my return line coming loose after 13 years or service. I tightened it up and it is not leaking anymore.
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