power steering gear box leak, seals
Hi, I have a 91 4.0 ranger 4x4.
I have power steering fluid leaking from the steering box, at the shaft where the pitman arm attaches. Other than the leak, the steering is great.
I see a seal kit which has a new c clip, dust seal, and oil seal. I am wondering if replacing that would be enough to stop the leak, or is there something that could be more internal that would need to be fixed also to stop the leak?
Has anyone successfully replaced the seal. I have a 4x4, and the front axle pumpkin is right where the pitman arm is attached to the steering gear box shaft and it looks like possibly just enough room to get a pitman arm puller in but not enough to use much of anything to drive the seals in.
To pull the steering box seems like a real BEAR...and if I need to pull it to do the seals I am wondering if it pays to replace it with a rebuilt.
I looked into buying a rebuilt gear box at the parts store website and the feedback was mixed. There was not any problem with leaking but many complaints about play and noise in the rebuilt gear boxes...so I would much rather keep mine and just fix the leak.
Also what fluid is used in the power steering pump. My owners manual says type F, the auto store says Mercon V.....and are they compatable with each other?
Any feedback is apprecitated.