Steering box leak

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Steering box leak 73 bay

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  1. Good evening all , I have a slight issue with my 73 late bay Type 2 van. Not used it for ages and just given it a few recent blasts around the block over a couple or so months and I seem to have developed a slight leak on the front of the van under number plate near tow eye .Id say it’s from the steering box and has a slight drip over a couple of days but noticed it on the paving.
    So tonight I removed the panel (not sure what it’s called) and cleaned area to try and see where it is leaking. To my surprise I found a split rubber and can’t seem to work out where it has come from ?
    Is it a shaft oil seal?
    pic shows seal and green arrow shows where I found it !
    Can any of you wizards shed any light onto it please , many thanks in advance ! Jim
     

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  2. If it's not to badder leak just keep topping up .
     
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  3. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

    Mines been leaking nearly 3 years and I just fill it back up every so often

    I’m not very mechanical and quite lazy tho so maybe don’t copy me :)
     
  4. Get one from simply bearings 28x38x7. IF that's a big IF you can get the steering arm of you can just tap a new one in.
     
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  5. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Looks like the output shaft seal.
    There’s a post on here somewhere with sizes. They’re easy enough to get and replace; so long as you can get the drop arm off.
     
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  6. Right thank you so much peeps . Appreciate it . Will investigate .
    Seen that the arm can be a bitch . Will have ago when I get some time and then report back . Many thanks again -)
     
  7. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Watch your teeth / windows / bus etc when you pull the drop arm off. It's likely to go with a hell of a bang.
    Leave the nut on a few threads so it doesn't fly across the garage....
     
  8. I used a two-arm hydraulic puller on the drop arm having removed the steering box from the van. The only way I could make it budge. And it did indeed come off with a proper bang.
     
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  9. Someone on Volkzone suggested you sneak up on it with two big hammers and celery it simultaneously on either side. It does work but you need the box on the floor to sneak up!!
     
  10. Funny, cant seem to say Tw*t it
     
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