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Old 08-07-2010, 10:01 AM
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Power Steering 69 Camaro?

On my Camaro, I have power steering fluid leaking out from under the power steering unit,"leak appears to be right at the bottom" the unit with the 2 lines going into the top. Question, the leak looks like its around a gasket that a control arm approx 8" in length is attached to, that attaches to the linkage that turns the wheels, can I pull this 8 inch arm off from the bottom of the power steering unit and just replace the gasket, groment?? The arm is only held on with a large nut, not sure what size it is, thanks in advance, I thought it was my from driver side brakes leaking fluid till I took a look this mourning, thanks Jeff J

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I will try to post a photo so you get a better idea of what I mean, thanks. Jeff
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On my Camaro, I have power steering fluid leaking out from under the power steering unit,"leak appears to be right at the bottom" the unit with the 2 lines going into the top. Question, the leak looks like its around a gasket that a control arm approx 8" in length is attached to, that attaches to the linkage that turns the wheels, can I pull this 8 inch arm off from the bottom of the power steering unit and just replace the gasket, groment?? The arm is only held on with a large nut, not sure what size it is, thanks in advance, I thought it was my from driver side brakes leaking fluid till I took a look this mourning, thanks Jeff J
The "power steering unit" is the steering box. The 8" arm is the pitman arm and the shaft with the leaky seal is the pitman shaft. You can replace this seal, but it takes a little work. The nut on the pitman arm requires a large socket and is torqued to over 150 ft-lbs, so you'll need the appropriate tools to remove this then to retorque it when done. Next, the arm is pressed on the shaft and requires a pitman arm puller to remove it. Finally, the seal is pressed into the steering box. One trick to remove it is to drill three small holes equally spaced in the metal part of the seal. Screw a sheet metal screw into each and use these to pull the seal out. Be very careful not to scratch the pitman shaft. The new seal gets hammered into place using an appropriate size piece of pipe. Reverse the process to reassemble, taking care to ensure that the pitman arm goes on in the same orientation that it came off. Torque the nut.
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wow, thanks that is some great help in your post, since I don't have to have the car for a driver I am lucky in the fact I can take my time making all these repairs and getting it ready for the street again, thanks alot, just knowing what the parts are called is a big help.... Jeff
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The "power steering unit" is the steering box. The 8" arm is the pitman arm and the shaft with the leaky seal is the pitman shaft. You can replace this seal, but it takes a little work. The nut on the pitman arm requires a large socket and is torqued to over 150 ft-lbs, so you'll need the appropriate tools to remove this then to retorque it when done. Next, the arm is pressed on the shaft and requires a pitman arm puller to remove it. Finally, the seal is pressed into the steering box. One trick to remove it is to drill three small holes equally spaced in the metal part of the seal. Screw a sheet metal screw into each and use these to pull the seal out. Be very careful not to scratch the pitman shaft. The new seal gets hammered into place using an appropriate size piece of pipe. Reverse the process to reassemble, taking care to ensure that the pitman arm goes on in the same orientation that it came off. Torque the nut.
another trick is to remove the seal retainer start the car and turn the steering wheel and the presser will blow the seal out with out the chance of scoring sector shaft.. oh yes install the pitman arm nut so the seal will stay on the on the shaft so you have a better idea how it goes in...
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thanks, didn't even know what a pittman arm was until today, all I know is the sucker is leaking,, lol,, thanks again,, Jeff
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