Steering Gear for 1974 Buick Estate

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    Any suggestions/recommendations for acquiring a rebuilt steering gearbox for my 1974 Buick Estate Wagon? There's nothing local so I'll probably have to do the 'net.
     
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    Rockauto has rebuilt steering boxes as well as rebuild kits if you want to do it yourself. I've heard varying opinions on aftermarket rebuilt steering boxes and racks.
     
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    What's wrong with getting a good used one? All GM full-sized of those years will work. Possibly even AMC Saginaws
     
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    A good used one would probably be ok, as long as I'm sure it doesn't leak like mine currently does. But I figure as long as I'm doing the remove/install effort I may as well install one that's been rebuilt.
     
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    Since I've never rebuilt one of these I won't vouch for a rebuild of my own being any good (the first time around). So I'll be rolling the dice with an aftermarket source.
     
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    It depends on the rebuilder and if he goes cheap on the parts. There's plenty of overseas junk, out there. If it's used in the rebuild, the gear will be be more likely to start leaking than a pampered used one.
    It might be a case of yours having a dried up seal. If there's no play in the gearbox itself, I'd try pouring about a cup full of used brake fluid into the system, in order to swell up the seal. If you don't have used fluid, new fluid wouldn't hurt. I always have old fluid stored for rainy days. I've been told that it's an old used car lot trick and it worked for me once, when my rear main seal leaked. You don't need to put the gear into load, when you run the brake fluid in the system. Simply put the car on jack stands. Then turn the wheel back and forth, to get the fluid circulating. Avoid applying too much pressure turning the wheel to full left and right stops. This isn't good for the system. Then leave the fluid in for awhile, before flushing. If you're not in a hurry, start the car up and let the system run periodically, until the leak stops. If it doesen't stop, then the seal is too far gone. In which case, you didn't at least lose big time and money attempting to fix it.
    Sometimes, you can find reliable retiree mechanics who still have all of their tools. That would be your best bet for having yours rebuilt, because these guys aren't in any hurry and usually have the work ethic required for doing it right
     

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