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post #1 of 5 Old 05-19-2019, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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98 durango power steering gear box leaking fluid and the Haynes manual is worthless

Howdy, I'm still a newby to wrenching and could really use some advice on what's happening here. (picture attached below)

Major steering fluid leak, refilling twice a day... Finally got my girlfriend to turn the wheel back and forth while I was underneath and fluid was pouring out of the power steering gear box.

Is this piece loose and I just need to tighten the nut or is there something missing I need to replace?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-19-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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That nut retains the pitman arm (pushes the drag link back and forth to steer the truck) onto the output shaft of the steering box. It has nothing to do with retaining fluid in the box.

The seal on your pitman shaft / output shaft has failed and fluid is pouring out above the pitman arm.
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Given the low level of mechanical experience indicated by someone asking this rather fundamental question, Id recommend installing a rebuilt steering gear box rather than trying to rebuild the box yourself.

(Meaning no offense regarding skill level. No one begins as an expert.)

You can probably find one on rockauto.com fairly affordably. Just dont let them gouge you on shipping.
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Given the low level of mechanical experience indicated by someone asking this rather fundamental question, I’d recommend installing a rebuilt steering gear box rather than trying to rebuild the box yourself.

(Meaning no offense regarding skill level. No one begins as an expert.)

You can probably find one on rockauto.com fairly affordably. Just don’t let them gouge you on shipping.
Thank you for replying, I really appreciate it
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