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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2000, 07:03 PM
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Help with pitman arm?

I am trying to remove my stock pitman arm on my Samurai so I can install a new 3' dropped one. I am having trouble getting the old one out. I can't get the large nut on one end to budge at all and I have sprayed it with plenty of liquid wrench. The tie rod is also stuck and no amount of prying has been able to move it. Is ther some trick to removing this that I am missing, I am just worried about bending the steering shaft if I pull on this thing too much?
I have a special tool for it that looks like a tuning fork for removing a pitman arm/tie rod, but that hasn't seemed to help either (on the tie rod at least). Any suggestions?

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Re: Help with pitman arm?

check the tie rod fork and make sure the opening is large enough.several sizes of these do need to hit the fork hard.heat may damage seal. you might also try some type of puller.they are hard to come off ,but they will come off.good luck ranger rick

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Re: Help with pitman arm?

if you are using the fork you need to hammer it in, then whack the side of the tie rod/pitman arm and it should pop off. as forthe pitman arm make sure you are turning the nut the right way. it is on tight so you will either need
to really reef on it or use an impact wrench. then a puller to get the arm off. Auto zone rents most of the tools you will need.

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Re: Help with pitman arm?

The only way I was able to remove my stock pitman arm was with a good puller (NAPA) and a little heat from a torch. Not too much heat, because you don't want to damage the seal on the steering box, just enought heat to make the arm expand a little. Be sure and put the nut back on the shaft before you start to remove the pitman arm, there will be alot of force pulling on that arm and when it pops loose you will be glad that nut was there to stop it.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-14-2000, 09:03 AM
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Re: Help with pitman arm?

Thanks for all of the responses. I got back out there over the weekend and managed to finally get the stuff loose. I had to lay on my back, grab one front shackle with each hand for leverage and use my foot to push on the wrench to break the steering bolt loose. But in the end I got it off and got the new stuff installed.


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