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anyone ever change a steering box?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by douglasl330, May 20, 2009.

  1. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    2000 S/d with 7.3-- box leaking--is the shaft a PIA to remove?
     
  2. tim096

    tim096 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 100

    The shaft comes rt off. No big deal. The pitman arm probably wont come off the box though. Save yourself some time and by a new pitman arm
     
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I second the buying a new pitman arm it will save alot of headaches! Otherwise it's not all that bad of a project to accomplish
     
  4. tim096

    tim096 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 100

    so how did you do?
     
  5. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Buy junk yard parts. Make sure you have no leaks around the shafts you should be cool.
    I did my 1989 F-250's steering box replacement. It should not be much different from your truck. Get the repair manual or go to a bigger library and read the procedure. I wire brushed the threaded end all of the box fasteners. I then sprayed it with PB Blaster / penetrating oil for a few days. I use air tools to break them loose. You need a helper to get the job done. The box is very heavy! My 16 year old son helped me get it done. You just need to have a bit of wrenching skill to do it.
     
  6. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    need new box

    I changed the pitman arm out two years back so easy off. I pulled the box out-- was going to do a seal kit to it-- the shaft itself is rusty to the seal--I think this is my problem-- threw a lower seal in and we'll see how it works for now--$250 + core for remanufactured. or one with stainless bearings and no core for $300.
     
  7. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I paid $50 for a good steering box out of a truck junk yard. No leaks and a lot tighter then the old one.