Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Pitman Arm CJ-7
Pitman arm removal can be very difficult, but it's not at all complicated. The problem is that they are usually stuck on the shaft tighter than an impacted wisdom tooth. You need a good pitman arm puller, preferrably with a lifetime replacement warranty, because they often break before the arm comes off. The procedure has been described here several times. This is a good occasion to learn how to use the search function at the top of the screen.
An alternative is to remove the steering box. In a shop press they're easy to get off. I did one recently and it took about 15 tons, but then popped right off.
And that would be a good place to start if you want to convert to power steering. The steering box and pump are pretty common junkyard items, but brackets for the pump might be a problem. Probably any AMC product you can find in a junkyard with the same motor family will have brackets that will work. Someone on the board might have a set laying around too. Put a post in the For Sale/Wanted thread. It's OK for a newbie to post a wanted there, but not a for sale.