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Old 07-18-2017, 11:29 PM
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Redhead Gearbox Leak

Hey all. I have a 94.5 f250. Noticed a small puddle of power steering fluid under the gearbox yesterday. The front and bottom were wet. Wiped her down and started the truck and turned the whell back and forth a couple times. Heard a loud click when turningthe wheel as well. Assuming it was coming from the gearbox. Not sure though. Checked the gearbox and seems to be leaking from the hex nut on the middle of the red part. The lines going in seem to be dry and the pump is dry as well. Anyone know how this could happen? Is that nut something that needs to be tightened or will that affect the steering? I dont notice any steering issues besides that noise. I will have had this gear box for 2 years in august. Thought redhead was supposed to be quality.
 

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Old 07-19-2017, 08:40 AM
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loud click could be many things, ball joint, tie rod, gear box mount, fender mounting bolts, pan hard mounts or tierods if you have sold axle.


that big nut can be tightened but not sure about what seals it
 
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:10 AM
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Thats true. What is the nut for? Here is a pic.
 
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:17 AM
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Thats true. What is the nut for? Here is a pic.
That nut is for adjusting the box. just tighten it. Make sure you hold the center bolt still when doing so. It could be out of adjustment now. Does the steering feel the same? Adjusting is easy but need to be done with some knowledge or you can brake it.
 
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Steering doesnt feel any different. Does these boxes need to be adjusted after install or are they good to go? Also seems weird that a nut used for adjusting steering would also be responsible for sealing.
 
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The center shaft is used for adjusting, the nut is a lock nut. It could have a gasket behind it to seal off the gear box, I'm not sure.
 
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Mine don't have a seal but if its loose they leak. don't adjust. just hold center bolt still and tighten the nut. If it still leaks then you need to do something else like rtv under the nut but all mine seal.
 
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So if the bolt doesnt spin it wont adjust?
 
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So if the bolt doesnt spin it wont adjust?
Correct. just tighten the nut. if you let the bolt turn with the nut it will adjust the box, that could be needed or not. That is why I say if it feels good don't adjust it.
 
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Ok cool! Will give it a shot. Just grab the bolt with some channel locks and turn the nut witb an open end wrench?
 
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Or looks like i could use a flat head to hold the bolt. Thanks for the info. Will let you all know how it works.
 
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Try a flat head screewdriver of correct size. and box end wrench.
 
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