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    Steering box seal on '97 TJ???

    I was driving around town yesterday and I heard a "growning" noise when I pulled into a parking spot. I knew it was my steering but never looked at it until i got back to my jeep about 1/2 hour later. I noticed there was fluid on the ground so I looked up and the steering box was covered in fluid. I think it is coming from the top where the steering shaft goes into it. I imagine there is a seal there but have never changed one before. Is it hard to change? Pull the box down and tap out the seal? thanks

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    Swap it with a better quality YJ steering box that can be had at almost any wrecker for $50-80.

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    Why are they better?

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    They're made better....they don't leak like the crappy TJ boxes.

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    Do some research on the net. You will see this is a common swap to replace the leaky TJ boxes.

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    I just let mine leak. I have a sock wraped around the box to keep it from dripping
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    This just happened to me over the summer in my YJ. Very easy to fix, all i had to do was drox the box, pull the cover off were the input shaft goes into the box, replace two seals($12 USD), and put it all back in. The only thing i had a problem with was trying to find a 33mm socket for the drop pitman armnut. Good luck

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    No worth fixing on a TJ....it just won't last.

    Easier to replace it with a YJ box.

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    I changed the exact same seal on my 98. Not a huge job. Its the one where the shaft goes in at the top. Get the parts from the dealer(you get a whole kit) and slap them in. Its best to remove the box from the jeep. I did mine two years ago and no leaky since.

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    how much were they Drew?

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    From where it looks like it is leaking it is called "adjuster plug seal". Does this seem right? according to the manual i have, you have to take out a lot of sh#t to get at it. I would like to get it fixed this weekend but i want to know if i have to rip this thing apart or what. nother question...where the steering shaft hooks on to the box, i assume its' splined, does something hold it on or when i take the box down does it slide right off? thanks guys

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    btt

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    1.) get rid of the crappy one in your jeep
    2.) go to a wrecker
    3.) get one out of a 99 dodge durango i paid 50 bux cdn)
    4.) bolt it in


    you now have a much stronger and better built steering box.
    DYSLEXICS OF THE WORLD UNTIE!

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    i will try this again...I now know that the durango and YJ boxes are better but I don't have the money for them unless they are free, I already bought the seal, $7, so if someone can tell me what I am asking, I would appreciate it. thanks

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    Buy a Factory Service Manual. All the answers to your questions are there.

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    if i had money for a $100 manual, i would buy myself a yj box.

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    whats your email, ill send you the FSM section for the steering box, its for a 98 but it is the exact same.

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    Hey my email is mudthirsty@uofj.ca. Can you send me the info as well. I have had a leaky box for over 2 years now. I just carry extra fluid with me whereever I go. I think its time to get this fix. However, I may do the YJ swap.

    btw, I have a 98 TJ

    Thanks

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