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Steering Box Oil Seal Removal Help Needed


rms_sandiego

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I'm a bit confused ......

 

You remove the pitman arm, take the top off (roller shaft goes up with it), pull out the worm gear, bang out the seal (puller, screwdriver, wood/aluminum dowel, etc.  The you pop in the new seal (coat the OD with a little gasket sealer, the ID with a little bearing lube), reassemble and away you go.

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Even cutting away the rubber part of the seal away so I could get the jaws of the slide hammer under the metal rim didn't do it...

 

I went ahead and heated up the box carefully around the seal housing and with that I was able to get it out (hooray!!!). I am not sure of it was just sad to leave after 45 years there or if there was some kind of glue/sealant that had been used originally.

 

The box had gotten pretty crunchy when turning off center. When I disassembled it the worm gear had some serious pits/missing chunks. I've got a replacement on order and with new seals, and careful shimming it should be (I hope) as good as new.

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