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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-23-2005, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Gear replacement...quick question

a while back my steering gear box started leaking ...so i got a used box from someone on this board for super cheap.....i put some leak stop fluid in and the problem went away for a few years (amazing actually)....so i never ended up replacing with the new box

anyways....the problem is back now as i guessed it would be eventually.....so my question is this:

when installing the new box, how do i determine if its centered or not when putting on the pitman arm, as well as attaching the steering column shaft.......

i'm working on the assumption that
1)the pitman arm can be attached any number of ways since its splined
2)the steering shaft can also be attached any number of ways, same reason,


i would hate to have it all hooked up only to find that i now have to hold the steering wheel cranked to the left just to go in a straight line!.

let me know if theres any tricks for this
and what torque do i need for the pitman arm nut.....i'll be getting a pitman arm puller soon i hope..
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

I think the pitman arm will only attach in 1 of four ways. There are some larger double splines on the shaft to help you line it up. You will know if you got it right by looking at it. As far as the column, I think it may be the same way, but really, it can go however, your wheel will turn 360* without being hooked up.
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

1. The pitman arm can go on in 90 degree increments. Easy to line it up too.

2. There is a notch in the steering gear input shaft for the clamp bolt to clear the shaft. You can only get it off maybe one spline either side but it is pretty easy to line up.
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

excellent....thanks !

can anyone recommend a pitman arm puller from some online store i can order?
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Yeah, tj's might even only have 1 way you can put them on. I've used the auto zone rent a tool pullers, if they break you just bring it back and get another, good chance they will break unless you buy a really good one. Good luck getting the pitman arm off. I know on my tj it took air tools and a whole lot of force to get that stupid arm off, i think we killed the original box. Heat and air are your friends getting it off. If your just junking your old box you don't have to be too wroied about heating it, if you want to keep your old box make sure you don't kill the seals with heat. The nut on the bottom of the box is a 32mm. This might be one of those jobs where if it isn't going easy for the first 20 min. take it into a shop and pay for 1/2 hour labor for them to monkey with it.
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

air tools and heat are no prob Andy, im already expecting the worst but hopefully the leaking fluid all of the output will keep it loose.

I've got all the sockets and all that, a very heavy breaker bar, and a long cheater bar, so im hoping to not have too many issues...

still need the torque for the pitman arm nut though if theres a specific setting, anyone? ? ? ? ? ? ? i dont have a maint. manual for my heep yet...
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

It isn't as hard to get the pitman arm off as you are being led to believe if you do it right. Soak the splines with penetrating oil for a couple of days. Rent the puller that screws in not the wedge type. Screw it on till tight. Hit arm and end of screw with hammer. Tension up and hit again. Just increase the pressure gradually and keep hitting the arm and screw. The combination of pressure and vibration will pop it off. If you break the tool (even the cheap ones) you are doing something wrong.
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

by screw on kind...do you mean this kind
http://www.handsontools.com/store-products-Steering-Wheel-Service-Tools-Undercar-Tools-Pitman-Pullers-OTC7310A-<font-color=red>[b]OTC-Pitman-Arm-Puller-for-Medium--Heavy-Duty-Trucks<-b><-font>_736571.html

still looking for a torque spec...otherwise i'll just tight the bejeeezus out of it and hope for the best
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

I've used this one...lots. It's a cheapie, but it hasn't let me down...yet [img]images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=36861
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Re: Steering Gear replacement...quick question

Yeah, like the style Randy posted.

Not this type.
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