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Old 04-27-2005, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering box lube

Removed the filler plug on my steering gear box. Looks empty but what do I fill it with ? The filler plug had something that looked like grease in it but may be old gear oil or something. My car is a 69 torino and the ID tag on steering box says SMA-B. It always seems simple when you have the answer.
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Old 04-27-2005, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most manual steering boxes I've seen don't have gear oil in them per say. They have greased gears... But I could be wrong.
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Old 04-27-2005, 05:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have pulled apart many of them. After 40+ years they are full of chunks of dried up grease. Whenever I redo one I pack them full of axle grease but i have been told by a ford mech. that they are suppose to have gear lube in them. Some how I can't see where gear oil would turn into solid chunks of grease. On cars that I don't pull the box on, I pump them full of 00 grease it's thicker than gear oil but not as thick as axle grease.
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ford saginaw boxes are factory filled with a heavy grease.
It used to be available at your local Ford dealer years ago.
I don't recall how heavy the designation is, but it's roughly
3 to 4 times as thick as vasoline. Kinda similar to wheel
bearing grease. Over years of operation, it tends to dry
out and get packed into the corners of the steering box.
You'll have to experiment, but wheel bearing grease is
a good place to start. The idea is to be thin enough to
flow between the gears and bearings but not so much so
that it leaks out the bottom of the case where the sector
shaft comes out and attaches to the pitman arm.
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