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manual steering box.... lube or oil ? #2571922
10/30/18 11:59 PM
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Hi, all...... I purchased a rebuilt steering box awhile ago and it came filled with grease ? is this normal, I know grease on gears is a good thing plus the fact the travel turn - to - turn is short but wouldn't it be easier to turn with gear oil instead ? I have the gear box installed on the car and when I grab a front wheel and turn it side to side it seams a little rough & tight. Please let me know what you guys think.

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Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2571927
10/31/18 12:07 AM
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Rick Ehrenberg from Mopar Action magazine once wrote that the lube is supposed to be a thick grease for most applications but 140 wt gear oil may be used in cold climates.

Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2571974
10/31/18 06:30 AM
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Corn head grease. Get it a farm supply store.

Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2572181
10/31/18 02:18 PM
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It should be tight when turning at the wheels. And the gearbox should have a tight spot at the straight ahead position. A rebuilt box should not be as loose as a 50 year old used box.

Run it as-is.

Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2572365
10/31/18 08:27 PM
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my service manual says 90wt gear lube.

Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2572404
10/31/18 10:04 PM
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I ended up using CV joint grease as was recommended in another thread. It is thin enough to be carried up into the key areas to lubricate and clings to the gears. Does not thin out too much with heat. It is also easy to load into the box as it comes in a squeeze tube.

Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: buzz440] #2572583
11/01/18 01:12 PM
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If you're undecided between oil and grease, there's 600W oil...kinda in between grease and oil.


I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
Re: manual steering box.... lube or oil ? [Re: John_Kunkel] #2572706
11/01/18 05:51 PM
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They make a lot of light weight greases







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