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Old 11-26-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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My steering box just started leaking and there is a bunch of play in my steering.

Can I rebuild the steering box, or is best to just buy a used one from Paul Grant?
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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I just had mine replaced...was leaking fluid all over the place. I ordered mine from Will Tillery...he sold me a new steering box..not used or rebuilt and at a good price. It was actually only about $50 diff between the new from Will and a rebuilt from Meridian (which is the one that ended up leaking after 1.5yrs).
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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Don't waste your money on a used one.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Don't waste your money on a used one.
+1. When I owned my RRC (same steering box as D1, I believe) I had to replace my steering box. At the time I was suffering from CHOP, a well documented condition affecting Rover owners known as CHeapskate Objectivity Paralysis, and I decided to go with a rebuilt box to save a couple hundred dollars.

The rebuilt replacement was no better than the leaky original. By the time I finally sorted the whole situation out it would have been less expensive to simply have bought a new replacement instead of dicking around with a rebuilt one.

There are some parts where replacement with used makes sense. Unfortunately this is not one of them.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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One of my steering boxes started to leak from sector shaft - don't know if it's a reason to replace it, or I can simply swap the seal; how ugly of a job is it?
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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I bought an output shaft seal kit for mine. I haven't taken it apart yet because the leakage is "under control". However, I can't find a part number for the o-ring to seal the top cover with the bleeder in it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:19 PM   #7
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Don't waste your money on a used one.
LOL-I bought a used steering box from Mike Slade back in '01.

Still going strong! It's at least worth a try.

Note-if you've swapped to a GM pump, don't let your vendor know as Meridian may use it as grounds to refuse warranty service. This is much of the reason I do not make this mod any longer.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:33 PM   #8
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I bought an output shaft seal kit for mine. I haven't taken it apart yet because the leakage is "under control". However, I can't find a part number for the o-ring to seal the top cover with the bleeder in it.
just take it to a seal place and replace it with an O-ring and a backing seal. many of the rebuilt ones that hit the market would leak from there in a matter of weeks. i make it a point to replace that seal even before i put them in now.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:12 AM   #9
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Funny you should mention that. The box that's leaking is a Meridian rebuild, with a GM pump - but it only started leaking after some beating it took in Colorado, after about five years.

On the other hand... Meridian's four miles away...
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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There was a page on the internet that had the procedures for the rebuild but I can't find it.
Does anybody know where there are instructions?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #11
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Not sure if this is exactly like our D1 steering box, but it may give you a general idea:

http://www.rangerovers.net/repairdet...eeringbox.html

Good luck with the rebuild! Maybe you can take pics and post up a How-to??
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:19 PM   #12
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so, big old bump.

I got a used one and all was well......

Since then I have driving maybe 2500 miles.

Its not leaking but I have a bunch of play in again. I guess I could rebuild the one laying in my shed from a few years back...
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:14 PM   #13
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sure the play is in the box and not the steering shaft?
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:27 PM   #14
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There's an adjusting nut on top for taking out the play, assuming it isn't the shaft or pitman arm.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:29 PM   #15
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sure the play is in the box and not the steering shaft?
How could a steering shaft have play in it?
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:01 PM   #16
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Splines come loose, only the bolt holding it on. Or U-joint wear.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:05 PM   #17
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Splines come loose, only the bolt holding it on. Or U-joint wear.
Happened to my 95 SWB. PO had loose pitman arm nut for so long that it wore out the splines in the pitman arm. I had to tighten the snot out of it, and double-nut it because the sideways motion of the pitman arm would make a single nut loose quickly.

Speaking of the play in the steering box - remember to only adjust it when the wheels are dead straight. Better yet, there's a slot in the pitman arm and a threaded hole in the steering box that have to be lined up before the play is adjusted.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:19 PM   #18
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Happened to my 95 SWB. PO had loose pitman arm nut for so long that it wore out the splines in the pitman arm. I had to tighten the snot out of it, and double-nut it because the sideways motion of the pitman arm would make a single nut loose quickly.

Speaking of the play in the steering box - remember to only adjust it when the wheels are dead straight. Better yet, there's a slot in the pitman arm and a threaded hole in the steering box that have to be lined up before the play is adjusted.
I had to do the EXACT same thing. I swapped boxes and pitman arm and could not get that nut tight. I ended up getting a 6pt socket specifically for it and reefing on it with a breaker and cheater bar, then double nutting it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:19 PM   #19
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I just replaced my steering box for the 2nd time this weekend. I put the arm in an oven for a few hours while swapping the box on the frame. Seemed to go on much easier this time.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:04 PM   #20
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So is the consensus to skip the rebuild? Meaning; don't bother with DIY rebuild or don't bother with rebuilt units?
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:25 PM   #21
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don't bother with DIY rebuild or don't bother with rebuilt units?
I heard both opinions. I went cheap and lazy route several times already - buying Meridian-rebuilt units. They seem to last between 4 and 8 years, I can live with that. Come next time, I'll consider taking an old box to a different rebuilder.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:14 PM   #22
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I used to rebuild a lot of vintage boxes, BIG ones (manual steering on some Bay City cranes). I think I'll take a shot at the rebuild and see how it turns out. The kits are cheap enough that it isn't a big loss if it doesn't work out.

Before that though I have to deal with this combustion gas in the coolant problem.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:06 PM   #23
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the adjustment and take a look at the steering shaft.

Right now its covered in snow...... so it will have to wait
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:15 PM   #24
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I bought a box from the junk yard for $25 when I added power steering to my 90. Doesn't leak a drop. (yet.) Even if it was crap, I figure it would be cheaper than paying for a core charge.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:06 PM   #25
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when we were fixing them under warranty we were told that the pitman shaft is warped from heat . when they make it a left hand drive truck there is no longer a cooling loop in the pressure pipe
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