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Pitman Arm removal ??

I know this has been covered before, but could I ask what are the best methods of removing it? I'm awaiting a drop pitman arm and want to be prepared. I know that can be less than cooperative in coming off..... Thanks...

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I needed heat on mine and a puller

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Soak it with PB blaster then try a puller. If that doesn't work cut it with a grinder and then give it a smack with a chisel.

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Re: Pitman Arm removal ??

Go to your favoriate auto parts store and look for the pitman arm puller. It is like a pulley puller but much stronger. They are about 10 or so dollars and are well worth it. They are a pain in the arse to remove.

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Be sure and get a good quality puller. I broke a few from Advanced Auto, then bought one from NAPA and it has pulled a couple of arms with no problem. Did you get the arm from Sam??

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Try the above tips to pull it off.

I've had a couple over the years that would not come off no mater what. In those instances, you use a grinder or cutting tool and put a slipce thru it. Then it comes right off. Tends to save hours of frustration.

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Sam dropped it in the mail today. I'm just getting prepared for the removal of the old one. Thanks again for letting me know he had one for sale.

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Re: Pitman Arm removal ??

Thanks folks for the hints! Can I reuse the nut or does it require replacing?

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The nut can be removed and reused, don't waste your money or time with a puller. I have destroyed three lifetime warranty Heavy Duty pullers on these things, and hours of frustration. Now I put a new .89 3/32" disc in the 4" Makita and slice the front off the thing and one whack with the hammer and it falls off. 5 minutes vs hours. A clear choice.

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If you're not crazy about cutting right away, put a decent puller on it, tighten it up, and walk away for awhile. I was giving up on ever getting my arm off, and while I was stewing over how to proceed ...POW!! the pitman arm came off. It sounded like somebody drove a Titleist into the car.

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