The great thing about the Jeep CJ5 steering gearbox is that when it's about to break down, it lets you know about it well before hand. That's a good thing too as nothing is more dangerous than a busted steering gearbox. Listed here are the things you can look out for to know when things are starting to go south for your steering gearbox.
The first and easiest to discern symptom of steering gearbox fault is when the response of the steering column starts to become uneven. That is to say, the steering wheel starts to feel like it is "getting away from you" with even the simplest of motions on your part. This is an early symptom that is likely tied to the gears within the Jeep CJ5 steering gearbox. The simple remedy to this is to apply liberal amount of grease on the gears within the box.
The second symptom manifest itself with a steering wheel that feels loose even when your Jeep is at rest. Even the slightest touch of the wheel makes it slip left or right uncontrollably. At this point, the gears are really starting to get affected by whatever damage it is bearing. It might help to re-grease if the box itself doesn't appear to be wholly damaged, but a trip to the mechanics might be better advised as the next phase of break down can get nasty.
If you visually inspect the gearbox at this point, you are likely to find that the box itself is already cracked and leaking fluid from its seals. This is the absolute worst things can get, and the result for you is total inability to steer even the littlest bit. If it reaches this point, it pointless to try and fix things for yourself as the damaged box holds the gears-these gears are likely to be out of sync and damaged. Naturally, you'd want to never reach this point so the best advice that can be given is to consider replacement options when you experience the first two symptoms.