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Crank up your magnifying glass up there is a comma between 1 ton and Chinook Camper☺️

The PN you show for the Centric caliper, Rock Auto shows it for RWD C&C, 1 ton and Chinook Camper.

Just remember you need a left and right caliper

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I have the tools to rebuild my own calipers, if they wont clean up properly I go to a local auto parts store with the cores in hand.

If the new parts don't come with a prepaid return, its going to cost you $ to return them.

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   My steering box was making a loud clank when the steering turned all the way in One direction so I rebuilt it with the help of an Internet post of someone that had done it before me. It seemed to be fine but one year later it went completely bad and I had to replace it with a used one I found at the junkyard.

  I discovered I had adjusted that top adjustment incorrectly and if it's even a half turn miss-adjusted that will ruin it after a few thousand miles, so be careful adjusting it.

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Pretty common issue on all older Toyota trucks at one time there was a plastic cap on the steering stop they didn't last real long and the metal end of the steering stop would come up against the lower control arm and make a terrible noise on a turn and even worse on a slight dip. Having the MH and several Toyota pickups I just put grease on the lower control where the stop hit it nice and shiny easy to spot. 

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I was getting the same “loud clank” before, but wasn’t sure what it was. The box was also leaking from the bottom. I bought a rebuild kit with all the gaskets. Besides adjusting it did you replace any gaskets? Looking at the fsm it seems like a pretty intricate job. Being that steering is a pretty important part of driving and staying alive, I just don’t want to mess things up more than they already are and not dying is also a priority! 

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I had a significant leak on my steering box as well and, after weighing the pros and cons, found a local shop that basically does nothing but rebuild steering gears. I generally like to give these things a try, but from what I've read, it can be a tricky job and seems like many DIY-ers who attempt it aren't happy with the end result. It was worth it to me to just drop it off, pick it up in a week, and pay the man.

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18 hours ago, hamkid said:

I was getting the same “loud clank” before, but wasn’t sure what it was. The box was also leaking from the bottom. I bought a rebuild kit with all the gaskets. Besides adjusting it did you replace any gaskets?

Yes I used the rebuild kit and if you Google you can find somebody that gives step by step instructions on how to rebuild it using grease to hold the balls bearings in place. I now know you can just replace the upper seal which was leaking without taking the whole assembly apart that's what I did on the replacement gearbox I bought from the junkyard.

Rebuilding it is not that easy but can be done if you have to.

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1 hour ago, Ctgriffi said:

I had a significant leak on my steering box as well and, after weighing the pros and cons, found a local shop that basically does nothing but rebuild steering gears. I generally like to give these things a try, but from what I've read, it can be a tricky job and seems like many DIY-ers who attempt it aren't happy with the end result. It was worth it to me to just drop it off, pick it up in a week, and pay the man.

How much did you pay?

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7 minutes ago, hamkid said:

How much did you pay?

 

Yeah, was trying to recall... think it was close to $200, parts and labor.

 

Mine was leaking pretty good at the input shaft, and I believe that seal is accessible on the older boxes. However, it was a "captured" seal on my newer 91 Warrior steering gear, which was another reason that I didn't get into it myself.

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You guys are the best !! I looked at read your step by step support in rebuild. I’m next on rebuilding my 87 Escaper. Thank you all 🙏

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A pin punch and a hammer🤪

The correct tool is called a pin wrench and looks like this...https://www.ebay.com/itm/Face-Spanner-Wrench-2-USA-1-4-Pin-Armstrong-Tools-2-246-NEW/293898509344?hash=item446db75c20:g:7ocAAOSwuLdf2Aol

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The right tool always makes it easier. Does the book say that it will unscrew? You can make a red neck wrench out of 1/4" steel plate, a drill press and a couple of grade 8 bolts and nuts. If you have time order the right tool, just measure the distance between the slots so you get a wrench with the right span.

Do you have a big vise or are you trying to just hold the steering box?

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