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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2002, 10:45 PM
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Stering arm, how odse it come off?

I just finished putting on a 6'' superlift and was completing it when i ran into a problem, the stering arm that you take off to put the raised one on, well the stock one will not come off, now ive tryed a hammer, then an air chilzel and still nothing anything that might be of help to me so i can get my ride on the road?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2002, 11:22 PM
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

I think you mean Pitman arm, and if you do, there is a tool for it, similar to a pulley puller. If you're on good terms with a local mechanic you might be able to borrow it from them. I have a friend who had a hell of a time getting the one off his YJ, took quite a bit to get it off, I dont remember what he used, I can find out if you run out of options.
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

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<font color=green>Well, if you do indeed mean the steering arm on the knuckle, then you're on the right track. If you haven't done it yet, soak the thing in liquid wrench or PB Blaster. then beat the bejeezus out of it with a huge sledge. Then soak it again. Then beat on it some more. Repeat as many times as neccessary. Eventually it will come off. Hit it from all different angles to get it popped loose. Avoid trying to pry it up since you may mess up the mounting surface on the knuckle so the new arm won't seat well. Heating it helps sometimes too, just try to keep the heat on the arm, not the knuckle.
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

Air chisel works good too but be careful. Told Anthony to beat off his when installing his lift and he nailed teh mounting stud and messed it up quite nicely. Had to cut part of the stud then run a dye down it to fix the threads
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

soak it, stick a puller on it then work a brace under it somehow that you can whack real good with a hammer.... just dont pop urself while trying to do it. or go buy one of those fork seperators and pound it in an itll slip right off
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

If its any consolation, it took 7 hours of pounding and soaking to get the steering arm off my 72. I also used a little heat, but be careful because the ball joint is real close and doesnt like the heat. I used a chisel to seperate the steering arm from the knuckle, front to back, the cone washers are realy hard to get out, but they will come.
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

if all else fails do what i did cut it apart. buy lots of grinding bits and sawzaw blades though it will take a while and dont cut the knuckle. Good luck hope it pops off
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

OTC makes a pair of plies that removes the cones.
Smack each end a few times to unseat them and pluck them out.
remove the arm.
They are commenly used to remove the cones on semi axle shafts, which have the same size cones.
The last 2 arms I removed took less than 5 minutes.
I think I paid $15 for them off the Snap On truck.
But I suppose ya could save 15 bux and spend alot of time and energy getting it off.
The longest one has taken me was just over a 1/2 hr, it was realy on there.
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

Now the next question, when i got the truck it looks like someone tryed to take off the arm before and mess up one of the studs i bought a new stud from GM, but its the stud pressed in or threded in ?
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Re: Stering arm, how odse it come off?

I've never had one out but my guess is it is threaded in and just use a pair of jam nuts to get it out.
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