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Old 06-16-2021, 08:43 AM   #1
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Replace steering gear box?

I'm buying a 2000 CC Magna with 127,000 miles on it and the steering box does not leak and it's pretty tight. What I'm wondering is it a good idea to replace the steering box as a precautionary measure? Has anyone replaced one just to be proactive?
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:57 AM   #2
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I cannot see any reason to replace if its not broke !Trust me you will find plenty of things to repair or replace without looking for things !LOL! That said you bought a great Motorhome so enjoy it they are getting hard to find !
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Old 06-16-2021, 01:17 PM   #3
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I replaced mine but it was leaking significantly. I had hydraulic fluid down the side of the coach before I caught it leaking. Knowing what I now know I look at mine about once a month to see if I can detect a leak. I would hope my new one last forever. Forever is at least as long as I own the coach.

Suggest you monitor it for leaks and gather information about source of replacement so you are prepared just in case.

By the way, mine is a Sheppard M110PJW3R. I got the replacement directly from Sheppard.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:20 AM   #4
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I have a 2000 Magna that is in the shop now getting a new steering box replaced. I think they started on it today, any tips on the R/R? Light coat of fluid down the side of my coach too.
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Old 06-23-2021, 02:51 PM   #5
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If the shop hasn't tried there pitman arm puller have them try now. My shop had to order one. It didn't fit properly and they took it to a machine shop for some adjustment.

Then make sure they have the two hydraulic fittings for the box. One of mine leaked and the shop didn't have a replacement. Took them about 2 hours to find one.

The shop that replaced mine did not have a lift making access very difficult. They ended up cutting a section of the box tubing to get clearance so they could drop it out from the bottom. I believe it might come out through the front run bay but lots of stuff will have to be moved.

Patience is required on your part.
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Old 06-23-2021, 08:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for your tips. I will see what puller they have. I know Tiger Tool has one that is supposed to fit. I had a Cat dealer that couldn’t get the Pittman arm off and backed out of doing it.
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Old 06-27-2021, 10:11 PM   #7
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If I could make a suggestion based on many posts here and other places on the WWW, make sure that it is a TRW steering box.

They can be adjusted fore ever. I have a Shepard and it needs to be adjusted but it is no longer able to do that, so consequently I am in need of a new steering box.
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Old 07-05-2021, 07:12 AM   #8
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Has anyone found a replacement for the Shepard 110 that isn't a Shepard 110? Both Bosch and TRW make 18K boxes but I have not found any one to do a conversion. (Both boxes have electric assist.)
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Old 07-09-2021, 03:51 PM   #9
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My coach needed a lot of steering correction. It has the Sheppard 100 steering gear box, which has a small leak. I brought it to All Star Truck Repair on Federal Rd in Houston, Texas. They sent the gear out for a complete rebuild. Took about a week. Cost about $1000 total. Much, much less play in the steering.
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