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1999 New Beetle named Pīlīte (the duckling). Almost 200k miles, generally runs like a top. My wife reported that the steering felt weird; and when she got home Pīlīte left a fluid trail in the driveway. Oh oh. I've got the Beetle up on jack stands in the garage now. The fluid reservoir is empty, and the area around the steering boot on the passenger side is wet. I followed all of the hoses, lines, and connections, and none of them appear to be leaking. Is it time for a new steering box? How big a job is it? I searched the forums but couldn't find a "how-to".

Is this something I could tackle myself? Any special tools needed? Should I look for a used / reman / new box?

If it's too much for a shade tree mechanic like myself, who are the trusted mechanics in the Kalamazoo area?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Done!

Done!
Between the write-up from netmech on Vortex and my trusty Haynes manual, the whole project was done in about a day.
On a Beetle, you do NOT need to remove the subframe, just take out the four bolts and drop it 6-8 inches. Be sure to support it with a jack or blocks.
The only surprise was the tie rod ends. The nuts were so rusted I had to cut them off. But a local shop had replacements for about $25 / each, so replacing them wasn't that bad.
The quote from the stealership was about $1,400; I figure I spent just over $400 between parts, PS Fluid, and an alignment.

So I celebrated yesterday with pizzas and beer.
 
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