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Lower seal ,steering box,92 ford ranger

I have a bad leak at the pitman arm shaft on my 92 ford ranger! I have the seal kit, but I am needing to know if I have to remove the steering box!

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    how do i get the bottom seal out

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Yes you do but its easy

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