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Power steering gearbox leaks fluid at the pitman arm. Can the seal be replacedin place? how?

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The pitman arm seal can be replaced by removing the pitman arm, prying out the old seal and driving in a new one. However, usually when the seals start to leak it's from a bad bearing or excessive play in the steering box.

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