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Generation 1 Pajero NA - NG Models 1983 - 1991

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Default Advice needed; newbie owner of a 3 door 1988 Pajero

Hello guys, nice to have found this forum although I live in lebanon not australia, i seek out some advice and pointers on a couple of stuff, i recently purchased a 1988 3 door pajero (for 1500 USD)
First question what size engine do I have,its a petrol engine (dont laugh i am not a motorhead to guess it)

below is pic of car and engine

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second question, it came without a spare tire from the previous owner so i am in need of a 6 bolt 15 inch rim and they are hard to find, pajero MK2 rims are more available do they fit mine? we have tacomas and fj cxruiser and other 6 bolt rim cars, do any of them fit mine??

third question engine and all mechanical parts are in good condition, except for the steering box(written on it is 'koyo japan') it leaks steering fluid , not much a couple of drops depending on the driving time, i have added maybe a quarter of a litre in a month, the part which is leaking is the bottom side of it where you can see the a vertical axle that comes out of it and rotates on its self, the steering wheel at first like there was a gap on both sides before you feel the wheel, we adjusted a sort of regulator screw located on the top of the steering box setting it to max and now the gap is barely noticeable and the steering became very live and communicative, I have heard that the pajero MK1 usually exhibits problems in the steering box, this part is very hard to find and will cost probably upwords of 100 USD for a second hand. Should I ignore the problem and just keep adding steering fluid as long as it drives ok ?

Thank you in advance.

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The engine you have is a 2.6 litre Astron 4G54 (G54B in some markets including the US) The steering box leak is probably the pit man arm seal , pretty common mine is currently leaking but i cant be bothered to fix it yet . You can get a seal kit to put through it unsure on price or availability in your country though. If sourcing parts from the US is easier for you , the cars were sold as "monteros" or dodge "raiders". The majority of 6 stud wheels will fit these cars , a set of gen 2 wheels will fit nicely . Be careful playing around with the adjustment nut on top of the steering box , too tight and you will start to wear the internals inside the box quickly . Jack the front wheels of the ground and make sure the steering doesn't bind in any spot.

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If you dont have the time or money to overhaul the steering box try adding some stop leak to it . You can buy normal fluid that already has the stop leak added to it
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