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Old 06-05-2004, 10:14 PM
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Steering gear replacement

I am a beginner restorer and have done a few parts replacements on my cars. Can I replace the steering gear or should I get a mechanic to do it. I am assuming the hardest part will be getting the air bubbles out of it. I have a 67 dodge Charger w/ 383 4bbl w/power steering. I'm changing the water pump tomorrow having already pulled the radiator and I consider this a relatively easy job as I've done it before on a couple of more or less similar cars.

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Old 06-05-2004, 10:23 PM
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If its the gear inside the stearing box on the frame I would just get a new/newer one.
If its the powerstearing pump on the front of the motor I would go ahead and change it yourself. Since its the highest point in the system any air would eventually get up to it and after a few minuets driving it will all be gone from the system. Just top of the can afterwards.
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Im sorry I meant replace the whole box not just the gear inside it as I consider rebuilding it too much work.
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Changing the steering gear is not that difficult. The hardest part being getting the pitman arm off. You will likely need a special puller for that.

Note that they are always heavier than they look, and if you are layng on your back they are 4 times as heavy.
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Adtkart is right The steering boxes on the late 60 dodges are pretty heavy and the bolts are sometimes difficult depanding on where your exhaust runs but you can do it , just watch your fingers. Good luck
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Thanks all. Sorry if this is a dumb question but when it is filled with P/S fluid, will air bubbles tend to work their way out of the system .....can anyone confirm this? Im scared that it will be a beotch to get the bubbles out like it is with brakes.
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Bleeding the air from power steering is relatively easy. Basically, air raises to the highest point of the system. Place the vehicle with one wheel on the curb, Preferrably the one on the front, same side as the power steering pump. With the engine running, turn the steering wheel from lock to lock, several times. That will force out the majority of the air. The rest will work it's way out while driving.
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Old 06-07-2004, 06:40 AM
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Thanks!!!!! Im relieved to get that tip.
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