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My 1996 jeep grand cherokee has a power steering leak. it is coming from underneath the vehicle where the steering column connects to the tie rods.

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Hi Strawbeery,

Sound like a loose hose connecting to the gear box. There are two of them that run to it from the power steering pump.

To make sure, pop the hood and with the engine running, have someone turn the wheel slowly to the right and left while you observe the gearbox. When its under pressure, you should be able to see the leak quite clearly.

They should be accessible without needing to remove the reservoirs. It will still be tight though. Find the right sized wrench (11/16 or 3/4, even a small crescent wrench will do) . Tighten up the loose connector.

That should be it.

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Mike

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You aren't using terminology that tells me what I really need to know, but On the steering box (the part mounted to the chassis that the column goes into) there are two seals. One where the column enters the box and the other on the shaft that connects to the pitman arm (the short part that goes between the box and the remainder of the steering linkage) Generally that is the one that leaks.
If it is leaking there and the leak is small, usually adding a conditioner like Lucas makes for that, will either slow it down to a point that it is so minor as to only require a top off every few months. If the leak is really active, the pitman arm need to be removed and the seal set replaced. In that case you will need a pitman arm puller and a lot of patience to get the seals out. (sometimes you can get them to blow out just by removing the retainer clip, loosely re-assembling everything and with the vehicle on the ground just turning the wheel back and forth...other times you need to use a small drill and puncture the metal part of the seal and install screws so you can pull them) If you remove the box, the seals can also be removed by taking out the shaft and driving out the seals from the inside. I only do this as a last resort as it takes up too much time doing r&r.One important note...if you bend the receiver in the box housing you will never get the seal back in and if you do, it will leak.
Then there is the easy way...let a shop do it.

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