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Old 04-01-2015, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am new to the forum. I've been lurking for a long time.
I have a 1987 Samurai that I lifted 2" with shackles and installed a drop pitman arm. Also had it professionally aligned. Here is my problem, after doing all of that the steering had lots of play. I adjusted the play out with the adjustment screw on the steering box, tightened the lock nut back and drove on. It was a beautiful thing, a week later I noticed started getting a little more play in the steering wheel, I adjusted it out, good to go. Well I am on my 3rd adjustment and I don't know what I am doing wrong. Nothing seems to be striped out, everything tightens up. Am I looking at a new steering box??
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it full of oil? Sorry if it seems like a dumb question, but I messed up the bottom seal on mine so the oil leaked out and now (having not fixed it for some years) I have 180 degrees of slop in the wheel. Mine needs a new box bad.
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I haven't checked the oil. I will when I get home.
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Bone dry. I filled it up with oil, I'm sure it will leak back out. Guess I'm looking at a seal, hopefully that will take care of the problem.
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i actually am having the same issue on mine. Kind of a noob when it comes to the stearing, but how would you check the level of the fluid and what kind of fluid would you use.
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Remove the square headed screw on top of the steering box and fill it all the way up to the bottom of the screw hole with gear oil.
I have read some people just install a grease fitting on theirs and pump it full of grease when they get leaky.
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awesome ill give that a go, thank you.
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