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stock gear box cleaned

 

Remove the four main bolts 

 

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inside you’ll find the retaining clip on the ballbearing case the bearings

travel side to side in

 

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I started out by pulling as many balls out as possible. I didn’t have a magnet on a stick so I glued a magnet to a stick.

 

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take the shaft side nut loose with a spanner 

 

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I don’t remember the number of ball bearing. But did get a pic of the ball bearing size. In some of the case there is two different styles of bearings some chrome. And some

dull finish. Mine had both styles alternating but the same size.
 

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use the cylinder to push the aluminum end cap out with a wooden hammer handle to pry with after removing the lock ring 

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My deal was melted from trying to get the pitman arm off. 

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The spot to drill is pretty easy to find. The castings are flat in this area. drill into the veins of the box but not to far as to go through the other side. 

 

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I used a 1/4 npt tap 

 

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Then blow through the box a few times with compressed air and maybe oven pour some fluid through the holes and then hit it with some compressed air.

 

When reassembling the most important part is the bearings on the worm screw. The need to be added  evenly along the screw. I had to move it back and fourth a few times as I was dropping them in. I used a little grease to hold them inside the u shaped case 

And filled it up before sticking it back in place and fighting the bolts down 

 

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if you get it back together and it moves for a moment then stops your bearings are out of wack. Take it back apart and make sure the bearings are in correctly 

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