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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Arm Removal ?!?! Help

I cannot for the life of me get the steering arm off the truck. I've removed the three nuts, and sprayed it down with penetrating oil, now what? Is there a sweet spot I need to bang it with the hammer? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Haynes won't help me.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 09:13 AM
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Re: Steering Arm Removal ?!?! Help

Are you using the fork puller or the regular puller? Try and imapact gun onthe nut of the puller, it really should just pop off. Dont use a hammer it is pressed in with a taper.
post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 02:15 PM
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they suck, hit the side fatherst away from the steering arm part that attaches to the drag link, the removal of the arm isnt easy, especailly the longer its been on ther, hit it side to side down, not up, that will only put more pressure on the cone washers (bad). you wanna hit side to side, with a 3Lb hammer, i used a air chisel to just try to vibrate the hell out of it, i just got pissed after about a hour of hitting it, got to the fridge ate some chips and sour cream and onion dip, got back to it a hour and a half later, i just kept hitting it, spraying it, hitting it, spraying it, etc. then the 2nd cone came out, then the 3rd, then i took the steering arm off and threw it as far as i could throw it, about 5 feet at that time because my arms hurt so bad from swinging that hammer, then reinstalled the new arm, useing existing cone washers. One tip i will share is to avoid hitting the backing plate or ball joint, i used two hammers, one hammer sittin on the arm, and the other to hit the hammer, gave a bigger area to hit while concentrateing the other one on the steering arm. good luck, yes they suck. just use alot of [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] and alot more [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img], and when your done give yourself a [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]. good luck.

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Re: Steering Arm Removal ?!?! Help

Thanks. I'm going to have to get a bigger hammer. I've pounded and pounded with no luck.
And to top things off, I looked at the part number on the front springs, and found out I only have a 2.5" lift. The whole time I thought it was 4".
Now I'm so sad, and am shopping around for the best 4" or 6" lift on the market.
I'm planning on new springs front and rear. I have plenty of time to shop, cause I'm about broke right now.
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