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Old 03-28-2012, 06:36 PM
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Default Power Steering Leaking with PIX!!!

I have a leak, and I have found where it is coming from. What do I need to remove/replace to fix this leak?? This is the only area it is coming from, and it drips like a leaky faucet.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:48 PM
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That would be your pitman shaft seals going bad. You can just replace those seals. Or throw down 3-400 bones ($) for a new box.

It's an easy fix, disconnect everything from the gear box (PS lines, pitman arm, steering shaft) and remove the bolts from the frame. Pull the shaft out and empty the fluid from the gearbox, replace the seals (and the bearing if you want) put everything back together...and refill the reservoir and gearbox with PS fluid. Bleed the system, I think thats about it.

Here's a DIY: http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech-article-34.html
I;d also recommend downloading the Factory Service Manual from the FAQ's sub-forum, the procedure is in there along with all the adjustments and the torque specs you might need for the gearbox.
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i have the same leak, but i have to turn the 36's. the seals are like 20-30 bucks.
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So I'm going to need this?

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par..._151370_12408_

Should I replace the pitman arm itself too?
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:27 PM
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Yup, that's it. The 4 small "circles" are the seals, snap ring, and washer. The bigger one is the seal for the top of the side cover housing (the cover with the four bolts that attaches to the other end of the pitman shaft). If you're near a dodge parts dealer (Autozone/Napa might have it too) pick up the needle bearing(s) for the shaft as well. Don't forget to get power steering fluid too.

Have someone turn the wheel as you look at the pitman arm. If there's a delay (a little might be okay) in the movement of the pitman arm when the steering wheel is turned, replace it.
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just get a new steering box from auto zone 156.00 dollars + 80.00 core charge 1yr warrenty
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That's the seals. If there is a little play in the gearbox, it can be corrected. See sevice manual for details. Get a good puller for pittman arm. They can be a PITA to get off. Good time to check tie rod ends for play as well.
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Wonder if this is where mine is leaking. I've had a "mystery" PSF leak pop up.
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i just did mine 2 days ago for 220 with lifetime warranty. took less than two hours. to avoid the core charge pull yours out and take it to em before you buy a new one. lol verify they have one first. i replaced the hose's while i was in there too.
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I'm having the same problem...I don't see the service manual you're talking about..How do I find that?
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Check this thread, grab the one that is closest to your years. (98 or newer, grab the 01 manual.)
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I'm gonna just take this in to one of my mechanics I trust. I can't find the time, and my driveway is starting to look horrendous. He said he could fix the seal for $140 so I'm good with that. I'm also gonna have him take a look at the rear brakes (drums) to see if they need adjusting or replacing. He's a very honest mechanic so I know he'll give me his best opinion.
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just get a new steering box from auto zone 156.00 dollars + 80.00 core charge 1yr warrenty

Better yet, get a precision rebuilt box from Red-Head Steering Gears that comes with a warranty.
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+1.... And the rear brakes always need adjusting.
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Quick Question.. I have a pitman shaft seal to replace on mine, but my Aunt, whom is 88 (Yeh, we country girls all drive a DODGE! ) Has a 98 Ram 1500 5.9 2wd with 90k miles and its leaking, but not from the shaft, its from around the back of the steering gear box.. Would a seal kit fix this? If so Ill pull hers and seal it to. Ive checked the pump, cooler, and all the hoses, all dry.. the shaft is dry, but the rear of the box (Or, the end facing the front of the truck) is wet with PS fluid.
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Clean it up with some Gunk and find the leak. Maybe one of the hoses steel line part that screws in to the gear is rotted and leaking.
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fixing the seal is a job for the same price that your mechanic wanted to fix you can have a rebuilt box fixing the seal isnt worth the trouble your box is more than likely worn out the seal wears out from the shaft moveing around also put on a steering shaft stablizer
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fixing the seal is a job for the same price that your mechanic wanted to fix you can have a rebuilt box fixing the seal isnt worth the trouble your box is more than likely worn out the seal wears out from the shaft moveing around also put on a steering shaft stablizer

+1, but, if the box is adjusted correctly to the full extent of this procedure(as in not just the adjustment on top) it may give some more life out of the box along with seal replacement. http://dodgeram.org/tech/mods/steeri...ear/Adjust.htm
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On another note, I had my seal successfully replaced and it's now dry as a bone It was $120 out the door. My rears were adjusted too and now everything is tip top again. 168,000 running like a champ
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Another Quick question.. My steering gear box is off, in a vice, but the pitman arm is still on.. It will NOT come off, we snapped a pitman arm puller on it.. Now we are gunna torch it, carefully.. If you grab that pitman arm, and turn it by hand, should it be impossible to turn by hand? Mine takes two people to turn it one way, and still a bit of effort to go the other.. I do have steering problems in one direction.. truck turns around corners and seems to turn loose all at once.. Or is this my box adjustment to tight?
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