Author Topic: Steering Gear Pitman Shaft Seal Replacement  (Read 706 times)

Offline Bob Schuman

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  • CLC Number: 254
  • Name: Robert Schuman
Steering Gear Pitman Shaft Seal Replacement
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:26:49 AM »
On a 1952 or 1953 power steering gear, is the oil seal for the pitman shaft, just above the pitman arm, replaced from the outside of the gearbox?
My new NAPA seal, #11055, is listed for 1946-1953, both power and manual gears. I have been told that some steering gears require total disassembly to replace the seal from the inside, and want to be sure that is not how mine is to be done, before getting into it.
My car is a 1951, that was retrofitted with a 1952 or 53 Cadillac power steering gear early in its life, too far back to ask anyone involved in that conversion.
Bob Schuman
Bob Schuman, CLC#254
1951 6137
2017 CT6-unsatisfactory (repurchased by GM)
1948 Olds 98 Custom
2020 XT6

Offline walt chomosh #23510

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Re: Steering Gear Pitman Shaft Seal Replacement
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 10:36:47 AM »
Bob,
  My experience with the seal(1955) is it is changed with the steering box in the car. In my case (this happens a LOT!) It took two tries (and that was even polishing the shaft with croakus cloth) and even then it leaked. I then turned to Penn lube that I heard about on this site. Putting the Penn lube pretty much solved my minor leak problem.....walt...tulsa,ok

Offline Dave Ventresca

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Re: Steering Gear Pitman Shaft Seal Replacement
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 01:12:52 PM »
do you have the link for penn lube . or where to buy it? Dave

Offline Jay Friedman

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Re: Steering Gear Pitman Shaft Seal Replacement
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 07:28:35 PM »
It's actually called Penrite Steering Box Lube and is sold by Restoration Supply, Escondido CA www.restorationstuff.com

It's made in Australia and costs $17 plus shipping (usually $10) for a 500 ml bottle.  Download their online catalog and look on p. 25.

I've used it for many years in my '49.
1949 Cadillac 6107 Club Coupe
1932 Ford V8 Phaeton (restored, not a rod).  Sold
Decatur, Georgia
CLC # 3210, since 1984
"If it won't work, get a bigger hammer."

 

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