I've rebuilt the factory steering gear with new seals once ... never again. Less than 2 years later and mine's leaking again.Originally posted by TJoop:
<STRONG>I just noticed today that my steering box is leaking. </STRONG>
Hey Paul mine is leaking out of the cap on top held on by the four small bolts with the adjustor(?) in the middle. Do you think it is just a seal?Originally posted by nasvik:
<STRONG>Hey - just got back from Europe. Sorry for the delay. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
I haven't had much of a problem with the shaft, but I have had problems with the seals. Big tires, lockers and hard wheeling puts too much side load on them and they leak. The shaft is a bit 'corroded' where the seal sits, but I don't think that's the problem.
Research tells me that the TJ box is a bit different from older Jeeps in that the seals and bearing are higher in the box. In other words, the exposed shaft is a longer lever arm and can harm the seal. I don't know for sure if that's true. If you'd like to swap in an older box, I've heard believe a mid '80's Ford Van that uses the 808 box with metric o-ring fittings will swap right in...
As for AGR? I've heard/read as many success stories as failures. I don't see the point in spending money with them.
Thanks Paul, I will try that.Originally posted by nasvik:
After I replaced the lower seal in my box I had that exact problem, and it wouldn't stay tight. There's no seal there, but the bolts have to be tight. Best best might be to pull the box and drain it. Clean out those bolt holes well and then use a strong Loktite to hold. Cut washers didn't work for me, but serrated might.
I'm not a steering box expert, BTW - just had a couple leaks. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">