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Old 12-10-2011, 05:41 PM
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Yep ps fluid is coming out of the steering box where it connects to the pitman arm. Anyone ever changed out the box on their own? I can get the part for just under $300, curious about the level of difficulty of this job.
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I need to do mine as well, a rather simple job as it is pretty accessable, just taking all the lines loose and the mounting bolts/pitman arm. You will need to rent a good pitman arm puller if you do it yourself ( free at most auto part stores ) My cousin has an 01 and mine is a 97 and basically the same on both from what I see. Mine has what looks to be a small oil cooler running off it as I never seen that on anything else before. just 2 extra lines to disconnect. I wont be able to do mine since I am having surgery soon but may get my cousin or someone to knock it out for me.
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I just did one on a 96 Ram. Not bad, I rented a pitman arm puller from the parts store where I got the gear box. Pulled pitman arm, removed 3 bolts through the frame, and the steering shaft disconnected and ur out. Installing the gear box I did in reverse order: I connected the steering shaft then installed the frame bolts and pitman arm last. Make sure ur wheels are straight and your steering wheel is too. The cost of new hoses made the job easier....trying to fight the old hose connections would have made it tough. You may want to consider this if ur hose connections are pretty rusted up. Also make sure you drain the pump and use new fluid. Push new fluid through the system and they make filters to put on the return hose, not bad insurance...... Once you have it up and running jack the front end up and turn wheels from lock to lock to remove air from the system. Do this a couple times then check ur fluid level, it can go down really quick and you do not want to run ur pump dry. All said and done youll be happy you did it yourself.

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Thanks guys this has been most helpful. Plan to do this when the weather warms up. I'll keep you posted.
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if the box is tight and no play all you need is a new seal kit, pitman arm puller, but if you got play replace it... Im getting ready to do mine...just looking for the labor I cant since I just had surgery and wont be able to for awhile yet myself.
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Some years back, I took my '95 2500 in for the same problem. The dealer wanted $700 buck to "replace the seal." I took it down to a local mechanic who did the "replace" for $48.00. When I traded it a couple of years later, it was still as good as new! I would ask a few questions of other mechanics before spending the money! JM2C
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