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Steering Box Re-sealing


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I'm more or less rebuilding the front end while the engine's out, including IE suspension, sways, bushings and camber plates, Bilstein HD's and all new steering linkages. That said, I also have a leaky steering box (input seal seems to be the worst), so I figured I'd take care of that while I'm in there. Based on what I can tell, the only way to re-seal is to take the box apart completely, so...

I reviewed both the manual and some of the FAQ posts (which quote the manual) and I'm wondering... is it going to be the end of the world if I don't have the worm-gear tool and I just re-use the current shims? The box seemed fine before I pulled it, but I want to make sure I'm ok to take this approach.

Also, if there are any issues with this job that I should know about before I get started, by all means... let me hear 'em!

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i've cleaned and resealed several steering boxes. reuse the shims. make sure they are each, individually clean as there is no gasket compound used with them. i use a thread sealant applied to the bolt threads during reassembly. used to be able to get the garlock seals from a bearing supply shop. i've also cut my own cover gasket from gasket card-stock and hole punch.

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Thanks guys. Input was indeed easy... output looks to be holding and although I'm tempted to replace it anyway with the box out of the car, I think I'm going to leave it alone... worst case, I have an extra box... if I start noticing another leak, I'll just rebuild it and swap it in later.

Thanks for the help!

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