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Old 06-27-2018, 04:30 AM   #1
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Default Steering gear grease retainer

Anyone know if it's possible to replace the steering gear grease retainer, 3591, without taking the box out of the car and taking it completely apart?

Wondering if I could just take the pitman arm off and pry out the old seal, then push the new one into place over the roller shaft?

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Old 06-27-2018, 11:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steering gear grease retainer

you can do that by drilling small holes in the grease seal and threading a long sheet metal screw in and use at least two screws and gently pull/pry to remove
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you can do that by drilling small holes in the grease seal and threading a long sheet metal screw in and use at least two screws and gently pull/pry to remove
Thanks. So this is something you've actually done? If so, did you use some sort of a straight edge to re-seat the new seal?
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I did the same thing and used a deep socket to drive the new seal in.Worked perfect.
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yes, I have done this numerous times, I used a piece of plastic pipe to drive the seal back into the box. I also like to make up my own steering box lube. 1/2 half synthetic grease 1/2 synthetic trans doping
85w 140 mix them together, I use a coffee can and mix like amounts together to the consistency of mustard--I like Frenche's, pour, slop this good into a squeeze bottle and fill the steering box--move the gear around and refill. this stuff will not get hard will not run when it gets hot
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Old 06-29-2018, 04:43 AM   #6
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Thanks fellas. I got a new seal and some 600W gear lube from Joe's Antique Auto. Once I clean the 70 years worth of gunk off the box to see what it looks like, I may take a stab at it before the motor goes back in.
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I got a new seal and some 600W gear lube from Joe's Antique Auto.
If you are having a leakage issue that is not what I would be using in the steering gear box! It is basically 140w gear oil. There are much better lubes to use, such as cornhead grease.
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:59 AM   #8
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Thanks JSeery. After seeing your response, I did some more Googling and found a good thread on the topic on the HAMB. Recommendation there was a EP100 NLGI00 grease. Gotta do some sourcing . . . guess the JD cornhead grease fits that spec.
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I filled the steering box in my '34 roadster with Penrite grease. It was leaking profusely but now it doesn't leak at all. The car has tubular headers and the left header is right next to the steering box. Google for this.
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