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post #1 of 118 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Who to rebuild sloppy previously-Lee-rebuild steering box?

I've got a 12.7:1 box in my Caprice wagon. It was rebuilt by Lee Manufacturing 25-30K miles ago, back in ~'13. (Of course I can't find the receipt to be sure.) It's developed on-center slop. I've adjusted the little nut on top of the box a couple times. Each time it gets better, for a while, but then it becomes sloppy again in short order. And now it's to the point where the nut doesn't turn easily, and I don't want to force it.

I called up Lee Manufacturing (which changed ownership several years back, after my box had been rebuilt), and the guy I spoke to said that they normally charge $350 to rebuilt a steering box, but if mine had so few miles since its last rebuild, it would probably be cheaper. He said that they are pretty backed up and that it would likely take 1-2 weeks for them to get my box done, so I'd be without my wagon for a bit.

Should I have my box rebuilt by the new staff at Lee, or go somewhere else?

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if it were me and based on that Rebuild Cost, I would consider buying a new 9C1 (Close ratio) unit from Advance or AZ or Other. When I swapped to a CR box, I just got 1 at Advance and with their BIG35 discount got it for less than $100. Still on the car and still working well.

Does Lee offer any kind of warranty on their rebuilds? I would suspect that even without a receipt, they have some marking or something internal that they could see if they serviced it or not. Good luck with wahtever you do but $350 to rebuild just sounds like a lot.
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Not aware there is somewhere else. An Impala steering box sold on here recently for $40. Having a second box (I recently scored one) provides a lot of options. Swap it out,and maybe happy going no further. Send the other back to Lee to be fixed. Many forum members have confidence in them.

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if it were me and based on that Rebuild Cost, I would consider buying a new 9C1 (Close ratio) unit from Advance or AZ or Other. When I swapped to a CR box, I just got 1 at Advance and with their BIG35 discount got it for less than $100. Still on the car and still working well.

Does Lee offer any kind of warranty on their rebuilds? I would suspect that even without a receipt, they have some marking or something internal that they could see if they serviced it or not. Good luck with wahtever you do but $350 to rebuild just sounds like a lot.
Which one did you get?

The only one I see at Autozone is 200 bucks and all the listed Advance ones are 3.5 turn boxes.

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The 2.5 turn box at AZ is $190...but you will need to return your core box or pay another $180.

I assume all part stores will have rebuilds only

Never used Lee although Navy Lifer had strong reviews for them "before" ownership changed after they closed and IIRC felt that they had the same level of repair with the new team.

I would not be surprised if they did not honor the previous owners warranty assuming there was one and/or whatever that warranty length may have been

Turn One is the only other facility I am aware of but have no knowledge of their work or $.

IDK if the chain auto part store ones are reman offshore or not. It took 3 PS pumps from AZ to get one that worked for me FWIW....

RockAuto typically has the better $ on parts....not seeing a box listed for the Impala, just rebuild "kit"

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If you choose the reman. buy it locally! I would not want to deal with return shipping/core etc. and if you get a crap one same deal.

I have had many bad remans right outta the box Cardone seems to be the worst.
Last round it took 3 before got a nice tight box, first leaked badly, 2nd was sloppy and sluggish (seriously doubt it was quick ratio).
Similar again a few years before that, but 2nd box was ok.
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2003 S10 with sport suspension package/zq8 gearbox will work.
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2003 S10 with sport suspension package/zq8 gearbox will work.


Thatís news to me. How many turns lock to lock? What ratio? Bolt-In replacement?

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Which one did you get?

The only one I see at Autozone is 200 bucks and all the listed Advance ones are 3.5 turn boxes.
Cant remember the brand they carried then but just ordered what was offered for the Police Caprice. It was about $130 and I had $35 off coupon. Just exchanged my original Stock ratio box for the core charge.

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2003 S10 with sport suspension package/zq8 gearbox will work.
That's interesting. Like someone else asked, was it a direct fit and the Hose locations were also the same along with Rag Joint hookup and Pitman Arm? Did you install 1 in a BBody or know someone that did? Thx
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It's just under 3 turns and a direct bolt on. If you go to rock auto, 2003 s10, steering gear, click on a few of the part numbers- F body, Fleetwood, B body, etc... used the same type Saginaw box.
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