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Think my steering gear is going bad

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I have some freeplay in the steering wheel and was thinking maybe it's the dogbone but then I was looking at the pitman arm I see some power steering fluid seeping out. Looks like a bad seal in the gearbox. Would replacing the seal help or should I get a junkyard box for $85? I can get a reman'd gearbox for $231 + $100 core.
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worn steering gear

I can feel the gears are worn in the box. I grabbed the pitman arm while my friend turned the wheel and you can feel the worm gears are worn.
I just had mine replaced at 76,000 original miles on '03' cc 4x4 offroad

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