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2002 Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0. Approx 185,000 miles. Most

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2002 Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0. Approx 185,000 miles. Most front end wear items have been replaced except the steering box. Two different but maybe related problems. Power steering leaks at steering box seals (where it appears to be bolted together) especially when at full lock. Actually sprays out, as opposed to seeping. Also, front end shudders on moderate braking from 50ish mph. I don't think it's brake rotors. The steering doesn't seem especially loose, much better after all of the front end replacement parts. I'm still not convinced replacing the box will change steering feel/shudder but I'm sure it would stop the leak. Then again, that seems like a much bigger job than replacing a seal to stop the leak.
Question really is, should I just replace the box or replace the box seal? I'm not concerned about the price of parts, just about the effectiveness of the effort.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  eauto replied 1 year ago.

I would replace the box..usually just replacing a seal does not solve a issue, because generally the sector shaft is scored or pitted. replacing the steering box with a new or reman with a warranty is the smart way

Expert:  eauto replied 1 year ago.

The brake issue sure does sound like warpped rotors..

Expert:  eauto replied 1 year ago.

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