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Old 02-13-2019, 11:00 AM   #1
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Iíve got a leak coming out of the base of my 7 tooth steering box. The cars a Ď29 Wagon. I removed the light rod and determined that the seal is bad. Now how do I fix this? I see a seal and a seal & tube from the venders. Which one should I use? Also will I have to remove the box for this repair? I included some pics to show what Iím describing. My car was missing the light switch and the horn rod knob was broken off. It was stuck in the steering shaft but I did finally get it out. Any help in the direction I need to go would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:27 AM   #2
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Picture wonít load from phone. Iíll try from a computer.
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7 tooth, the best you can do is replace the felt seal with a "tube" version. And - according to Snyders - fit on these can be "no-fit". So check according to their instructions.

If you're a "no-fit" it may be time for new felt seal. Or disassembly to expand the hole and make it come together for above.

https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/o...etainer-w-tube

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Old 02-13-2019, 03:17 PM   #4
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Replace the gasket and/or install the tube, THEN add PennRite steering box lube. NO leakee.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:54 PM   #5
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I wish the picture would load because there seems to be a nut screwed on to something inside the four bolt cover. Do I just slip the felt seal over the rod and install the spring & spider?
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:55 PM   #6
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Hey 1931, use the Pennrite instead of the 600 weight?
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:52 AM   #7
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If you plan on installing the steering shaft retainer with tube Bratton's P/N 5030, make sure you clean out the inside of the steering shaft as will probably be caked with gunk and will twist off the tube if you do not clean it out. A bore brush for cleaning guns soaked in Lacquer Thinner works. The other area where leaks occur is the steering sector shaft. Look at Bratton's P/N 5330. After doing all this will still drip now and then with 600W oil, but a lot less than before.
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dubnutty: YES.
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No matter what you do, the steering box will leak as when they were new.
Find your nearest John Deere agent & buy a tube of Corn Head Grease . Load in with a plastic syringe. This stuff was developed to use in ag. machinery where heavy oil tended to leak. Cheers. Tom.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:13 AM   #10
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Thank you all for your help. I might have time this weekend to do more work on car. I need to order a horn rod and light switch any way so the seal will be added. I think I'll try the John Deer grease because I looked around for the Pennrite but no luck finding local. Once again THANKS for the help.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:25 PM   #11
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I figured it out! the nut that I was seeing is screwed into the four bolt cover on the box. I dug out the seal and started cleaning the gunk out. Seal and other parts will get ordered this week.
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Old 02-24-2019, 01:09 PM   #12
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Steering box lube Pennrite can be bought at:
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15182B, Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025
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Steering box lube Pennrite can be bought at:
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15182B, Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:55 AM   #14
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Corn Head Grease is on Amazon for about 15.00 bucks. I ordered some yesterday.
I be looking in my steering box yesterday and not a drop of grease / oil. This on a newly
purchased rolling chassis. So it maybe time to investigate and repair. Cannot believe
it would be dry without a issue in the seal..
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Would like to hear more about Corn Head Grease. Does it meet the lube spec and be somewhat permanent ?
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:15 PM   #16
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When rebuilding my steering, I consulted a mechanical engineer about using cornhead grease vs 600 w oil.
I was told that as long as it doesn't leak, the oil is a better lubricant. And since I installed the tube, it doesn't leak.
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Hey 1931, use the Pennrite instead of the 600 weight?
It is 600w oil. Not 600 weight.
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