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Old October 20th, 2010, 05:56 PM
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Steering box leaking.... options?

I know I've mentioned it before, but my steering box is leaking at the shaft. Really becoming a pain in the ass to keep refilling the thing, and I want to fix it correctly. But at the same time, I have my doubts that just a seal kit would do the job.

What's the replacement options for the box? Swapping the drop arm is no big deal...... I replaced that about 2 years ago, so it shouldn't be hard to get it off to swap over. Part numbers would be greatly appreciated, as I don't want to accidently snag a RDH box.

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Old October 20th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Replace it with a meridian reman box.

They change the bushing to a bearing to eliminate that issue.

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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:30 PM
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As of two days ago, I'm the new owner of a '99 disco I with a bad leak at the PS input shaft. I was just going to replace the seal on it. Why do you have your doubts about a new seal?
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Replace it with a meridian reman box.

They change the bushing to a bearing to eliminate that issue.

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Old October 21st, 2010, 09:40 AM
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As of two days ago, I'm the new owner of a '99 disco I with a bad leak at the PS input shaft. I was just going to replace the seal on it. Why do you have your doubts about a new seal?
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I've been told that the bushing on the output shaft wears, and that a seal kit only holds for a short time if it's badly worn. No idea about the input side.

-Hans

Edit:

Found the online price on Meridian's website. $295 with a $160 core.
Beats NAPA by about $150
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Old October 21st, 2010, 02:34 PM
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Ron is right. I went the Meridian route a few years back. Been leak free ever since and it was cheaper than OEM.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 04:57 PM
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I'm not saying Meridian is bad, but mine has leaks. It was about 3 years until the leaks developed.
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I'm not saying Meridian is bad, but mine has leaks. It was about 3 years until the leaks developed.
I understood that they had a lifetime warranty.

Also, bigger tires and/or rock crawling is really hard on steering boxes (not saying that is the cause or not or whatever).

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Anyone done a fix that involves pinning the shaft to something solid below the arm? It would seem the fault is wear due to torque on one end of a shaft that has 'insufficient' support.
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Where can one purchase a Meridian remanufactured steering box?
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From Meridian, of course!

http://www.meridianautoparts.com/add.../82-00108.html
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I've been told that the bushing on the output shaft wears, and that a seal kit only holds for a short time if it's badly worn. No idea about the input side.

-Hans

Edit:

Found the online price on Meridian's website. $295 with a $160 core.
Beats NAPA by about $150

Well, I had already ordered a seal kit from Autozone for around $79 and I'll take one for the team and try it out. All I really needed out of it was the input shaft seal, but I called the $tealership and they wanted $49 just for that seal. Hell, I figgered for a few bucks more why not get 'em all. I have a few Captain & Cokes in me right now, but if i remember, I'll post updates...
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Found my receipt dated 8/2006. $295 for the box and $160 core. Over four years, and no leaks OR price change.
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My steering box just started leaking.I've read many posts about whether to replace the seals or the whole unit.The majority favor replacing the whole box.Although,someone recommended zeus seals as a good cheapish quality long term solution.Has anyone used zeus seals ?

------ Follow up post added December 30th, 2010 02:10 AM ------

Hey Hans, the weather has turned against me now :-) I spoke about the snow earlier & here i am now in your thread with a leaking steering box :-(
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Since you already have a LHD box (sadly I keep having to pay full as I have RHD boxes) use the rebuilder mentioned here repeatedly since apparently they use bearings vs bushings which should not wear oval like the originals and should not leak until the seals really do wear out.
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+1 for the meridian boxes, been at least 2+ years no problems, course I don't do any offroading but lets face it, on a rover, if its last for 3-5+ years we consider that evidence of god being our co-pilot for those few years.
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My steering box just started leaking.I've read many posts about whether to replace the seals or the whole unit.The majority favor replacing the whole box.Although,someone recommended zeus seals as a good cheapish quality long term solution.Has anyone used zeus seals ?

------ Follow up post added December 30th, 2010 02:10 AM ------

Hey Hans, the weather has turned against me now :-) I spoke about the snow earlier & here i am now in your thread with a leaking steering box :-(
Ironically, I haven't even ordered a new box for mine yet. I really should get it over with soon, I'm getting tired of topping off the fluid every couple of weeks. I'll get around to it eventually, but just don't want to do the work in the cold and snow.

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