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Old 05-18-2022, 04:04 AM   #1
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Hello, I have a 93 SE 3.0 4x4. My power steering box has an immense amount of play in it and I am looking to replace the box with a remanufactured part. My question is if anyone knows if the 91-94 power steering boxes from the vg trucks and the ka trucks are interchangeable. I've already been through some headache when working on the trucks steering, previous owner swapped the pitman arm from a 91-92 into the truck (they probably swapped the steering box as well).
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Can we assume that you already tried adjusting the "worm" adjuster on this?


Have you confirmed that the steering components like tie rod ends, etc. are OK???
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Can we assume that you already tried adjusting the "worm" adjuster on this?


Have you confirmed that the steering components like tie rod ends, etc. are OK???
Yes, I have tried adjusting the "worm" adjuster on the box. Last summer I rehauled most of the front end after I bought the truck. New center link, tie rod inners and outters, idler arm, struts, upper and lower ball joints, tension rod bushings. Annoyingly, even with all the fresh parts the steering was still sloppy. I had someone rock the steering wheel in its dead zone and watched the steering shaft into the box as well as the steering arms looking for play. I am fairly confident that the steering box is the culprit.
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Old 05-19-2022, 06:29 AM   #4
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I replaced my steering gear box last Summer and never looked back. I had an oil leak that was wind blown all over the underside of my truck. It also ate away the soft rubber ball joint covers and steering stabilizer bushings. I exchanged mine from Rock Auto with a LARES unit. It’s a drop and swap part. Just be certain to mark the center/straight ahead position for the steering position on the steering column at the steering gear unit. Also replace the “rag joint” buffer disk unit at this time while it’s apart, if it’s damaged or torn. If the rag joint tears through some of the holes from the bolts. You lose all steering control! Not ideal. I also replaced the nuts and bolts with the same sized NyLock nuts and bolts for easier removal, if needed. The OEM nuts and bolts were of different sizes and was a PITA to remove because the factory strips the bolt’s threads so the nuts won’t back off. Hence the NyLock nuts I used because they resist backing off in high vibration applications.

I don’t know if the V6 and KA24E are interchangeable. Possibly. But call a few parts houses to be sure.
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I've had a 1988 Mazda truck since 1994. About 2010 the power steering gearbox developed a leak, I just checked the level and added PS fluid every 2 months. Yes, some contained a leak sealer/seal sweller agent, but that didn't help.


Anyway, I had pulled a PS/AC compressor bracket for such truck at parts yard to sell to someone in NC, went back the next week and pulled the PS gearbox for myself for like $25. That sat in a box in my garage until I had my engine rebuilt, then I was so happy to have no engine oil leaks that I installed the used PS gearbox in 2019, and have been happy with it.
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