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Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby C. Amick » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:50 pm

I assume that once I remove the 2 bolts holding the cover plate on the steering gear box the steering wheel shaft and gear will pull out? To replace the seal, do I take the gear off the end of the shaft or slide the new seal on from the steering wheel end? Thanks.
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Scrivet » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:00 pm

Steering wheel end after you take the wheel off of course :) . That can be the toughest part. If I remember right I think you have to twist/screw the shaft to get it out, not a straight pull. Be very careful sliding the new seal down the shaft not to nick it. Also if you haven't, find and clean out the vent hole on the fill plug for the steering gearbox so it can expand and not push out around the seal.
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Barnyard » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:17 pm

Scrivet wrote:Also if you haven't, find and clean out the vent hole on the fill plug for the steering gearbox so it can expand and not push out around the seal.


These are the holes Scrivet is describing. Some times the outter hole gets painted over and is hard to find.

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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby wfmdfm » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:42 pm

When I have replaced them I wrap a piece of paper on the top of the shaft and slide the seal on top of the paper. Now slide the paper with the seal on top of it down the shaft. This should save any nicks and cuts in the new seal.
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:13 pm

There is a thick bronze thrust washer on either side of the gear on the shaft. Make sure the lower one hasn't fallen off when you reinsert it into the steering box.
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby C. Amick » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:26 am

Thanks for the replies. I forgot to ask, does anyone have an aftermarket replacement seal number?
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Barnyard » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:44 am

C. Amick wrote:Thanks for the replies. I forgot to ask, does anyone have an aftermarket replacement seal number?

NAPA's number is NOS 8660
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Matt Kirsch » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:05 am

Look up "barnyardengineering" on youtube. The oldest video on that channel is me replacing the seal on the steering shaft.

Hmm, I wonder if Dad still has the seal he bought for my '67 Cub.
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Re: Steering Shaft Seal Replacement Question

Postby Eugene » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:59 am

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Check above post. The fill level in the steering sector is below the seal.

Check fluid level. If over full, drain, and refill to the full level plug.
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