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Name the parts

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Vaughn Schultz, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    All right, I don't know a whole bunch about trucks unlike most you but I am getting better, so bear with me:p The only problem that I can find on my truck is this mess in the picture. I can replace it fairly easily but I don't know what the part is actually called. There are two of them # 1 is leaking every were and has plastic coming out and # 2 is has a lot of slop in it and is also leaking (badly :D ) Thanks for the help,

    - Eric

    The truck is a Dodge W150 1993

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  2. JET enterprises

    JET enterprises Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    number 2

    well i kno number two is the sway arm
  3. Swampdonkey

    Swampdonkey Member
    Messages: 68

    That is a steering box. That is most likely what is leaking and it is running down the pitman arm(#2) Replace the steering box and all those leaks will go away. The steering box may a bit exspensive $$$$$.payup
  4. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    And #1 is the rack and pinion pump. the pump comes with the rack and pinion setup.
  5. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    the #2 is the idler arm.
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    A pic is Worth payup hope this helps
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2005
  7. ght1098

    ght1098 Member
    Messages: 86

    You can buy a seal kit for the steering gear (the big nut in front of #1), a rebuild kit for the steering column shaft knuckle (#1), and if there is any play you can replace the draglink assy (#2).
  8. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Last edited: Oct 13, 2005
  9. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    rebuilt gearboxes are not too exspensive and are well worth it in the long run.BTW that is a worm gear setup not a rack and pinion unit and the pitman arm is bolted to it.Use auto trans fluid in the gearbox it is better for it than power steering fluid.#2 is the steering shaft and the part you are pointing to allows for telescoping action if a collision has occurred.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2005
  10. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Thanks alot guys:D I new you all would know:drinkup:
  11. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    STREETSURFIN: you are the only one that made since to me,

    the borgeson or FLAMINGRIVER steering shaft is the only thing to replace that with it, the last one i bought for a dodge was 'bout 200 bucks and it does away with those ignorent shoes (by the way #1 is called the shoebox) #2 is not even close to he sway arm, it is the pitman arm and the reason it is "leaking" is 'cause it has a grease zerk on top WRIGHT:nod: , and the way to test that would be someone in the truck w/o motor running and jerking the steering wheel back and forth and someone watching it there should be little to no play out of that balljoint,

    But it is NOT the sway arm:dizzy:
  12. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I think the plastic on the coupler is normal, but check it for play while you are checking the joint on the pitman arm. Those couplers are notorious for wearing and giving play at the steering wheel. One like the Borgeson or Flaming River will outlast a stock replacement.
  13. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    My god, how many people don't know the mechanics of a vehicle!?!?

    The pitman arm (#2) zerk fitting (the nipple on the end) needs to be greased regularly just as any other suspension/steering part- grease seeping out is not necessarily a bad thing. It means contaminants are coming out so that's semi normal when greasing. The PS fluid leak though may be an issue.
  14. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    What the hell is a rack and pinion pump?? Isn't that the part next to the muffler bearings?:dizzy:
  15. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I just called on a junk yard power steering box for a Ford. It's $50 from a yard that just has trucks (rebuilt $189). If your not going to run the truck forever I would consider this option. If the seal is worn out the steering box can't be far from wore out also. The steering wheel shaft runs $200+ for new. (much better then stock)
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Where did the pic go?
    well here it is, :waving:
    I know the parts on the W300 are diffrent but the names are the same.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008