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Old 06-16-2005, 08:47 PM
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Ford power steering box leak (steady leak)

I have a 1968 ford f250. The steering box has a steady leak, its close to a fun on dribble when turning the wheel, it doesnt appear to be coming from the cap, it appears to be coming from the bottom where the pitman arm connects. Has anyone had this problem? can these boxes be rebuilt? if so where could i pickup a kit? In about 2 hours of running / a quick one mile run it leaked out the entire supply of fluid.

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Old 06-16-2005, 09:02 PM
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sounds like a blown seal. could possibly be a cracked case. are you sure the hoses are tight? might one of the hoses have a leak that your not seeing?the box can be rebuilt, but it's my understanding that it's not a do at home type job. I've never tried it myself, i've always just found another box.
Are you familiar with www.fordification.com ?
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mine is leaking pretty good now but not that bad and i was told a rebuild form the locals is only a couple of hundreds its probably half dry rotted half oil soaked and half sloppy from decades of service i ll call the locals and find out the price range its probably gonna be different for 2 and 4wd
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hey larry
do you know of any sites that deal with 73 to 79?
this is the 77 f 150 w/ the factory 460 i m scared to part it out in case its a rare thing i dunno any clues?
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not that i'd recommend to a friend.

post it anyway, someone will know. theres 73-79 guys there too.

I do know that by then, you either got a 460, or a 351m400.....
or a 302.
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It sounds like the sector shaft seal is leaking. If that is the case then as long as you have a pitman arm puller then you should be able to do this at home. There is a chance that the sector shaft is scored and won't hold a seal but you won't know until you see it.
To do this job first run down to the local parts store and get a sector shaft seal kit.
-remove the pitman arm nut and use a puller to remove the pitman arm...this is the hardest part
-remove the snap ring
-it might be a good idea to put the nut back on a little ways to catch the old seal and washer so you know which way it goes back together
-fill the PS pump with fluid and start the engine and turn the steering wheel all the way to one side...you will hear the seal hit the bottom of the pan...oh yea, make sure you have a drain pan under the gear box
-install the new seal, washer and snap ring
-center the steering wheel by turning it completly one way and then the other counting how many turns it takes from stop to stop and dividing in half
-reinstall the pitman are and tighten the nut
-fill the system with ps fluid start it and check for leaks
I hope I didn't leave anything out. If you are leary about doing this then just take it somewhere and ask them to just install a sector shaft seal kit. Most places will want to sell you a new gear box but a lot of times a new seal will take care of the problem.
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speedfreak2,Great advice.I worked at ford for a short time and had a truck with the seal leaking.One of the older guys in the shop told me about the removing the pitman arm and clip and turning the wheel to get the seal out.It worked great,except for the mess.It was a lot better than removing the steering box.
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speedfreak2,

Thanks for the advice, just what i was looking for. Thing leaks like crazy
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