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1989 F-150 Power Steering Gear Box!

 
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:03 AM
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1989 F-150 Power Steering Gear Box!

Hi,
For the first time, my original gear box is leaking!

I figure instead of rebuilding it myself to just buy a rebuilt and change it out myself.

Where is the best place (quality wise) to get a new rebuilt???

Thanks!!!
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:13 AM
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Redhead has a good rep
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:26 PM
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Redhead has a good rep
+1 Redhead out of WA is the one I always hear is the best as well. I will be replacing mine soon. Tired of holding the steering wheel off center although perfectly aligned with a recent front end rebuild.
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by fordf350man View Post
Tired of holding the steering wheel off center although perfectly aligned with a recent front end rebuild.
Would you mind explaining " holding the wheel off center". I'm curious. Thanks.
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:48 PM
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Hi,
Well, I called Redhead, and they want $60 round trip for just the shipping, then about $270 for the gear box.

Plus there is the $100 core charge.

I'm sure this is business as usual and I'm not complaining but seems like a lot of money for a gear box and I'm not made out of money?

I called my local go to (non-Auto Zone) parts store and they have rebuilds from AC Delco for $145!

What's the word on AC Delco ???
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:54 PM
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Hmm, I paid roughly that for shipping I suppose, though I shipped it myself. My box was around $250 for my '77. You're confused though; if you ship your box to be rebuilt there is no core charge. If you purchase a box outright you get charged a core until you ship your original back.

If u are comparing red head to the parts store they are not the same. Read up on their website to see all the other work they do
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:06 PM
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Seagiant just replace the seals in your current gearbox. The seal kits are readily available and aren't that hard to do. Don't try to use up all the parts in the kit, just use the seals and nearby parts. There is one kit for the seal for the shaft coming in from the steering wheel and one coming out the bottom where the pitman arm attaches. Maybe around 20 dollars each for the kits.

Installing the seals is easier than removing and reinstalling the gearbox. Yes you have to remove the gearbox to replace the seals.
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:14 PM
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Amazon has the cardone on sale right now for $119 with no core charge.

Then you can keep your original and rebuild it at some point if you really want.
 
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Hi,
Thanks fellas, I'm REALLY happy with the original OEM gear box!

It has over 250,000 miles and just now going out.

I guess I got my moneys worth!

There is a VERY good U-Tube on rebuilding this gear box and I'm sure I can do it.

The only thing that looks tedious is dealing with the ball bearings?

 
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Hi,
Thanks fellas, I'm REALLY happy with the original OEM gear box!

It has over 250,000 miles and just now going out.

I guess I got my moneys worth!

There is a VERY good U-Tube on rebuilding this gear box and I'm sure I can do it.

The only thing that looks tedious is dealing with the ball bearings?

Rebuild your Steering Gear Box - YouTube
If your gearbox is just leaking and is otherwise OK, just replace the seals and don't mess with anything else. 250,000 is a lot of miles, I'm around 230,000 on both the trucks in my signature and have replaced just the seals and they steer perfect.
 
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:57 PM
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Hi,
Thanks, I might just do it, as the pump works fine!

I didn't think there would be this much problem getting a decent rebuild at a decent price???

Notice no one recommends anything except Redhead!
 
 
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