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Blew the steering box! pics

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pismorat, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. pismorat

    pismorat 1/2 ton status

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    Blew the steering box! pics *UPDATE*

    Ok, all I did was ramp up on this boulder and then the case blew apart and I lost fluid and p/s. I made it home ok, but damn! Was it the angle that did it or just old or what? I'd like to know so I can fix it and never do it again. I should be getting a new box this week. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts?? :truck:
    http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4289653995&idx=21
    http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4289653995&idx=23
     
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    Hmm, not an imagestation user....
     
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    Hard to tell from the pic, but it looks like the end cap blew out?

    Pretty weird, never heard of one doing that that wasn't drilled and tapped for hydro.

    Rene
     
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    Does someone know how to post these in this forum?? :truck:
     
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    Like Rene said. it looks like your end cap blew out. I have done this on a non tapped cap before. I lost the seal and it puked like that. We just replaced the seal on the trial and continued the day.
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    Does the seal going bad put that much pressure behind the end cap? This is a new one on me, pretty curious as to the cause as well.


    Rene
     
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    Actuallly, now that i think about it, It never blew out like that. The seal blew and all of my fluid puked out but the cap stayed in place with the c-clip.
     
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    Maybe that one had a bad C-clip dealie...or it's been messed with previously and the clip wasn't seated properly?

    Rene
     
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    So I haven't gotten the box all the way off yet, is there a c-clip that let the cap pop out? At first glance it looks like the casting cracked, but I don't know. Hopefully I'll get it off tomorrow and get more pics. Think there is a fix, or should I just replace it?? Thanks so far guys! :truck:
     
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    If it's just the cap then replace it and be done.
     
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    I do know that cap is pretty thin, maybe it had a flaw or something. Before deciding on replace or fix I'd definitely try and see if I could figure out the why and how behind the failure. I'd also want to see what else is possibly messed up.

    A good used steering box is pretty cheap, I had no trouble finding one for $20.

    Rene
     
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    Well, I got it off. It wasn't the c-clip letting go, it was the casing. The cap and c-clip are in tact, the casing cracked and split right behind the c-clip groove. No idea what caused it. The parts store wants 170 for one, where should I look for a used one in San Diego?? Thanks. :truck:
     
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    Save some money and find a used one and get a seal kit . I just resealed one and its so good to drive around and not drip p/s fluid all over my springs .

    I was turned off by the parts store price , and the core charge is almost as much as the box , and I didn't want to get rid of my original box that just needs seals :k5: :k5:
     
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    I'm pretty sure even as a non paid member you can browse the for sale forums and reply to threads...so i'd probably start there.

    Rene
     

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