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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2001, 07:26 PM
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Hi-steer conical washer question

I'm working on pulling some '74 Chevy knuckles and am wondering if there is a trick to removing the steering arm off of the driver side knuckle. The nuts are off and it won't budge with the BFH. I can't figure out if there's a trick to getting the tension off of the conical washers. A rainstorm washed me out of the junkyard, so I didn't get to try many methods. Gotta go back tomorrow to finish the job so I figured I would post here and see if anyone has any tricks. If I can't get it off I will just bring the steering arm home with the knuckle and get it off later.

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Re: Hi-steer conical washer question

Try soaking the washers with penetrating oil and repeatedly hitting the side of the steering arm next to the studs with the BFH and the washers should eventually pop up.

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Re: Hi-steer conical washer question

Grab the whole knuckle. I forgot how I got the first one off, I think I used a torch to heat it, But, before that, I remember attaching a chain to the arm, and flailing a 8-lug d-44 (w/ leaves and 5' of framerails) around the yard with a backhoe, and the damn thing wouldn't come off. Of course this is in michigan, where the economy depends on rust, but still, I'd grab the knuckle, and either swap knuckles, or get some heat/oil on the arm, and try a chisel sideways on the cones.

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Beat on it!!! first from the top, then from the bottom...Dont be afraid to hurt it!! They are a lot tougher than people give em credit for..

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Yep, just keep hitting it.

And PB Blaster often.

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Re: Hi-steer conical washer question

Well the SOB wouldn't budge with the BFH so I just left it on the knuckle and will deal with it now that it's all home. I'm doing a complete narrow trac Waggie 44 swap and am in no hurry to get it in my CJ. It will probably be a winter project, so that arm will have plenty of time to soak in PB Blaster. I got out of the junkyard with the Chevy flat top knuckles and spindles, F150 wheel hubs (to convert to 5 on 5.5") and a set of like new Warn Premium lock outs for $50. Also had plenty of extra snap rings, hub retaining nuts, etc. for spares in my toolbox.

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Re: Hi-steer conical washer question

That is a screaming deal. Most of the junkyards around san diego won't let you pull it yourself, so you end up paying way too much.

I couldn't get the arm off of the old dodge knuckle I had and ended up using a cutoff wheel to cut it off (cutting in several places around the cone washers). I got the studs out by welding a nut to them.

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Re: Hi-steer conical washer question

Ok, how big is your BFH? Cause if you're like me, you're probably using a small one, then you'll realize you need a bigger one. Keep hitting, side to side, top to bottom. Then get a flathead screwdriver and put it in the little slot of the conical washer. You should be able to turn it out like a nut. It's compressed too much to loosen and go over the threads, so it'll screw off. Make sense? Try that.



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No James, I have several BFH's. I took the 4 pounder to the junkyard but also have an 8 pounder and a 12 pounder. Trust me, once I get serious about getting this thing off, it will come off. It's sitting in the garage now getting its first soaking of PB Blaster. It will soak for a month if it needs to since I am in no hurry. If all else fails out comes the blue tip wrench. I have ways now that it's at home, but being at the junkyard pretty much limited me on how much I could do. Unscrewing the washers does make sense, thanks.

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An overnight soaking and half-dozen good, hard whacks and the sucker popped right off. Now it's time to press the ball joints out.

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