2005 Chevy Express Steering Gear Box

  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 40,000 MILES
There is no steering problem with my 1-ton Chevy Express 3500. However when I took it in for an oil change I was told the Steering Gear Box was leaking. The leaked oil has a light feel. I checked the power steering oil level and it appears full. If I wipe the Gear Boxoff clean, how long before I notice the oil again? I'm not too knowledgeable with repairs any more, but could this a dangerous problem?
I'm a little suspicious of the shop and want to somehow verify there is a problem.
Thanks, Al
Follow-up: Gear Box is clean after driving it. They had presented me with an estimate for $1500 to fix this, 2 new tires, repair my a/c. None of it needed to be done.
This web site isn't too responsive if there's no money donated.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 AT 3:34 AM

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There are two seals on the bottom of the box where the pitman arm comes out. They can leak, but rarely at your mileage. If you are suspicious of the shop that may be it. Of course it could be the return line is loose as that is a low pressure line. I'd keep an eye on it and try to find a more reputable shop. The power steering oil will have a light feel and never add transmission fluid to your system. The reason you don't get an answer is there aren't a lot of guys to answer all the questions that are on here. When we answer a question we have no idea if a dontation has been made or not.
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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 AT 2:57 PM

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