Just thought I would share this. The upper seal (where the box
connects to the steering wheel shaft) had leaked. I had purchased a
seal kit for about $80. At the weekend I decided to go for it. It
turned out to be a pleasure to work on this.
I disconnected the driver side steering rod (used a small puller to
disengage the ball joint). That enabled me to remove the arm from the
box without having to undo the passenger side steering rod. I had
marked the shaft and the arm with a small cold chisel so that I could
reassemble at the same place.
I then undid the allen bolt securing the steering wheel shaft to the
steering box. This took quite some effort but fortunately I had an
allen key with a long shaft.
I disconnected the lower pipe. I couldn't reach the upper pipe so I
disconnected the other end of that at the pump.
Last I undid the three mounting bolts from behind the driver side
It was good to find that after 21 years not one bolt or nut was rusted
up. Everything came apart beautifully.
I eased the steering box off of the steering wheel shaft and the whole
thing came out without any hassle.
I plugged the pipe connector by pushing an pencil eraser onto it. This
cut the eraser to make a plug just the right
I cleaned the whole assembly in a tray with Tide washing liquid and
dried with an old towel.
Next I pried out the old seals (using a very small screwdriver) This
was the hardels part as I had to be careful not to score the shafts or
the barrel. One seal wwould not move. I had to hammer the screwdiver
into the metal part of the seal so that I could then prose the seal
I usd the old spring clips and a small punch to tap the new seals in,
and replaced the new spring clips.
Reassembly was straightforward except that I made a comical blunder.
When I straightened up the steering wheel before connecting to the
steering box I got it upside down i.e. 18- degrees out. It wasn't till
I had reassembled everything and I I got into the car for the test
drive that I reasised.
You gotta laugh eh?
It took a couple of days for the air bubbles to disappear and now the
steering box is quiet and smooth. I had got used to driving without
power steering and had to relearn not to yank at the wheel to turn.
Just gotta find an evening to put the wheel right - trouble is I am
getting used to it as it is and I get a laugh each time I look at it.
Hope this helps anyone who might have the same problem - the job is
very DIY possible.