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Old 04-09-2012, 07:05 PM
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Ok, I have a leak in the bottom of the steering box. No power steering at all now.

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1. $779 with an alignment and pitman arm.
2. $453. good price if that includes fluid also.
3. $155 + fluid if I do it.

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1. do I need a alignment after?
2. do you have to break that big bolt on bottom of box off before using puller?
3. Any special considerations to get her to line back up correctly?

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Offense but this site gets no replies because its too categorized. Look at this.
Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, and Solutions - Maintenance & Repa> 2ND Generation Dodge Ram – 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram Trucks> Powertrain – Engines, Transmissions & Differentials> 5.9L V8 Specific Topics

why not add another categorie like color. Come on. Anyways I am going to attempt to replace the main seal in the steering gear while on the truck. $20. We'll see.
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I agree. I'm on a HUGE VW site and they break it down by model\generation and that's it. No one complains about not enough topic areas. This site does seem more catered to the 4th gen trucks than the older ones but I've gotten some decent info anyway.

As for your question, I found this with a quick google search:

http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech-article-34.html
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The gear box is a piece of cake to replace and can be done on the ground in about an hour. The biggest tool you're going to need is a pittman arm puller.

There's 3 bolts going through the frame. The collar on the intermediate shaft (top of the box to sheering column), the high pressure line, and the low pressure line.

The pittman arm only goes on in one position so there's no need to align the front end if it's already true, and the pittman arm can be changed on the workbench, driveway, floor, wherever.

Pull the retaining bolt off first and then apply pressure with the puller. Then tap the side of the arm near the gear box with a hammer to pop it off.

If you take the cotter pin and nut off the center link on the truck and hit the side of the center-link where the pittman arm goes through (NOT THE PITTMAN ARM OR THREADS>>>THE SIDE) it'll fall right out after 2/3/4 good shots.

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awesome. Thanks for the advise guys. We'll see how it goes tonight. Maybe I'm being cheap but I bought the seal kit first. Gonna try and do that for only $15 before the entire thing. Plus a pitman arm since I may not have the chance again and it looks worn. Thanks for replies.
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Lessons $15.00...lessons $15.00...lessons $15.00...
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what are you saying?
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It's a lot of work to replace just the seal. It sounds simple enough, however with the time involved it is usually quicker to replace the entire box.

I fully realize that the financial aspect may be a contributing factor and have had to deal with that in the past, present, but hopefully not future.

Take your time because it's a relatively high pressure seal and is prone to leaking if not installed correctly.

I'd honestly like to see you be able to replace just the seal and get it back together. But it can be FRUSTRATING. So stay calm and take your time is all. No offense intended.
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gotcha. No offense taken. I can't get the darn pitman arm off the gear anyway! Was gonna hook up my rachet to it but the puller has a high spot and looks to be made for a wrench. So a wrench and a long metal pole attached to that and no luck yet. May end up biting the bullet and get a new pitman arm and ps gear all together ($200).
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Like I said...the "trick" to getting the pittman arm off is to remove the nut. Apply pressure to the pittman arm puller, but don't use it to try'n completely pull it off because you'll just break one of the tabs/ears off it.

Get some good pressure on it and then hit the side of the arm (as if you were trying to hit the steering shaft but the pittman arm is in the way).



Then it should just POP off.
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