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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:09 PM
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Steering box leaking

My steering gear box is leaking out of what I think is the top seal. There are 4 bolts on the top of the box and I am wondering if I take them off if the top of the box will come off so I can re-seal it. Is it that simple?
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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:36 PM
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it is alittle more involved than just removing the top, checkout the rave manual.
there are adjustments to remove/ adjust once installed.. honestly I have never done more than a seal replacement while on the frame...I have repaired my boxes (3 of them) on the bench.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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where can i download the rave manual?
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Carlos how about if it's leaking from ring on the front - is this an easy seal to replace (on the bench)?
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:35 PM
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get some Lucas PS stop leak, drain all your PS fluid add a pint then top off with the cheapest ATF fluid you can find then report back
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Carlos how about if it's leaking from ring on the front - is this an easy seal to replace (on the bench)?
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Charles, yes once it is on the bench you can flip it around to the best position, the input shaft seal just pries out the new slides in with a light tap.
sector shaf seal (output shaft) is just as easy but only if the pitmann arm has been removed.
if not it is a bitch to say the least.
removin that pitman arm on the bench has made me curse so bad that sailors have been known to blush and cover their ears as well as run to the nearest priest for confesion.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 09:05 PM
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Carlos I'll talk to you about it at happy hour but it's neither the input or output shaft, but the big ring on the front side (unless I am misreading where the leak is coming from). I won't be driving it or I'd show you. Sorry for the hijack.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Just had mine replaced with a Meridian. Seemed a better all-around option for OEM part.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Had a leak in the front of my car. Left a few drops on the driveway. "CRAP!!!" I proclaimed as I was expecting it to be one of those fabulous oil cooler lines I hear so much about. Without fooling around, I scurried to my local Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Land Rover dealership and had Robin Leach personally check it out for me. Wife needs to take the truck next week so I weighed the benefit and cost and bit the bullet to just have the dealership fix the leak. WRONG.

Ends up that I have a leak in my power steering gearbox, although they weren't completely sure if it was the actual box or the lines going into the box. No big deal. Parts ran $365.00 and labor (buckle up kids) ended up only running $1480.00. Not sure what currency they were expecting that payment in, but needless to say I declined the repairs and then went home and changed my underwear.

Now knowing that my car isn't about to immediately burst into flames (although an easier solution sometimes when faced with some alternatives), I will take it upon myself to attempt to repair this myself. Any tips, tricks or suggestions? Is there a good place to buy a power steering box for my 97 NAS 90?

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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:55 PM
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Meridian reman box is better than new and is what I would buy (a couple drops that is insane to fix but that is just me) and make sure you put the steering shaft back on before you bolt the box to the frame.

Not sure where to get the lines but the ones I got from AB were fine.

BTW, make sure to check the clamps on the lines to the resivior are tight before replacing anything.

AND REPLACE THE OIL COOLER LINES NOW DUMMY how many pictures of charred D90s do you need to see before you do it?
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So, few steering drops don't fix?
And, no oil drops do fix?

OK. That works. I know, I know, I know about the oil lines. They were replaced on my truck a little over a year ago with new OEM lines (not by me). It's on my list to get the SS lines. Trailhead4x4.com for those, right?
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Just kill the oil cooler altogether if you're so worried about it. Take off the adapter plate and screw the filter directly to the pump housing. Remove the lines and cap the radiator ports. Badda bing.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Says he's got a 97 in which case its not a filter adaptor. The lines go into the front cover.
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Replace oil cooler lines as your truck could burn to the ground as they fail at random in spectacular fashion spraying oil on hot exhaust manifolds spontaniously combusting destroying your truck and possibly killing you in the process in a horrible firey death or at least maiming you as a third degree burn victim. A few drips is not a big deal either oil or power steering etc. as it is a pretty common issue. Keep fluids topped up and monitor. Repair leaks as time and money allow.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Will order soon. Thanks.
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Meridian reman box is better than new and is what I would buy (a couple drops that is insane to fix but that is just me) and make sure you put the steering shaft back on before you bolt the box to the frame.

Not sure where to get the lines but the ones I got from AB were fine.

BTW, make sure to check the clamps on the lines to the resivior are tight before replacing anything.

AND REPLACE THE OIL COOLER LINES NOW DUMMY how many pictures of charred D90s do you need to see before you do it?

Meridian is good. I have their box in my truck. I had terrible luck with genuine steering hoses from AB. Not sure if they got a bad batch or what, but I had three lines from them seep badly. They were great on replacing it for free but it was a pain. I ended up just having a shop replace the rubber so the issue is fixed for good.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 11:14 PM
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BTW, make sure to check the clamps on the lines to the resivior are tight before replacing anything.
Agreed. That's where my 97 was leaking from. 2 min fix.

However, the box on my 93 leaked like a sieve. Meridian box fixed that years ago though. Hasn't leaked a drop since.
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I had three lines from them seep badly.
Where specifically were they leaking from? The joint between the rubber and metal tubing?
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First two where they are crimped together. Third one literally was porous. It was coming thru all over.
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Meridian is a great company to deal with. I've just gone through this with my wife's disco and had problems with the first two boxes they sent. In the end they stand behind the warranty and will ship another box... the pain is just the installation.

I've only replaced the box in the disco, but the defender can't be too much different. I wouldn't pay anywhere near 1500 for labor for this job (the book hours for the disco is only like 2 hours). It's not the most fun job but it's not terribly complex. Mostly just messy.

If it's just seeping a little I would use Lucas stop leak and not worry about it.
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