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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2002, 10:33 AM
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Steering arm removal

How do you take the old steering arm off? So I can put my new one in.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2002, 10:40 AM
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Re: Steering arm removal

<font face="comic Sans MS">Which part are you referring to, the pitman arm (on the steering box itself) or the idler arm (on the frame across from it)?

Assuming you mean the pitman arm you'll need a puller. Is probably easiest to simply remove the (steering) box from the truck. Put it carefully in a vice, zap that nut off, and then put the puller on there, tighten a little at a time (when it won't tighten any more do not keep tightening, it'll break the puller regardless of what quality it is, it'll most likely destroy puller before arm comes off. Now you have two options.

One being where you hit the pitman arm with a hammer after puller is tightened. It sets up vibrations through it that may help pop it off.

Other option is to put some wet cloths on the shaft and steering box body so it doesn't heat up too much and heat the pitman arm with a torch, it'll expand and pop off... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Are the two easiest options I can think of.

To seperate the steering arm from pitman arm and idler arm and other components remove the little nuts and procure either a puller for it, hammer on the threaded end of the joint or get a picklefork... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

Sorry now I'm just rambling... Will shut up now... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]</font>
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Re: Steering arm removal

hey tim, were talkin' strait axle here, steering arm is on the drivers knuckle.
now to the question. i have had a couple come off easy, but several i had to torch off. under the nuts are tapered sleeves, that are a PITA to remove.
what i can say to start you off, i soak the nuts, etc with pb blaster or your favorite rust buster overnite, next day take the nuts loose (not off yet, you got hammering to do, so don't kill the threads) and if your lucky, the sleeves will pop loose and the arm will come off. in a not so perfect world, you'll be hammering for quite a while.
good luck, may the force be with you
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2002, 06:59 PM
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Re: Steering arm removal

OTC makes a set of cone pliers that will make that job a peice of cake.
Once the cones are off the arm will slip right off.
I do not soak the studs or any of that stuff, I just remove the nuts and with a 6lb hammer I whack one end of the arm upwqards and then reseat it the cone will pop up a little and the pliers will pluck it right out.
Then I go to the opposite side and repeat.
Once the 2 end ones are off the middle one will be loose enough to be plucked out also.
it has not taken me more than 10 minutes to remove a steering arm.
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