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Old 07-14-2009, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pitman Arm Removal?

Im changing out the front end and seem to be having trouble getting the Pitman to slide off of its grooves on the steering box shaft. Ive done this a zillion times and have never had trouble before.
Besides the hydraulic "Jaws of Life" anyone have a few ideas. I say a few because I may not have the exact tool(s) needed, so a couple of alternatives would be nice.
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Just about any parts store will loan you one, you just have to leave a refundable deposit.
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I have a giagantic slide puller that would work but its too long to fit under the truck. But If I had a large bolt with the same size threads (5/8 in fine) I could just put the air to it. I looked around the truck to see if there was one I could pull off and use but it got dark on me. I'll look through the haynes tonight and see if I can find one
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If you mean you're looking for a 5/8" fine thread bolt on your truck, stop looking, it's metric.
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I'm wondering if a slide puller might damage the bearings. I believe you need this.

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I'm wondering if a slide puller might damage the bearings. I believe you need this.
Yea, thats what I usually use, But I dont know where it is. I was actually going to look for a machine thread bolt like that to put in the end of the one I have (take the slide and bar off) But Im glad you mentioned that, I didnt think about the steering box at the end of it all. If I couldnt find the bolt I would have probably jacked the truck up for slider room and messed it up. Guess Ill drive the trip to go get one.

Been off the wrench for a few years, LoL......Guess it shows.
But thats what forums are for right?
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I get away with improvising a lot, but the correct tools always make the job easier.
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Spray the threads with lube, tighten a pitman puller up, and give the arm a few good smacks with a hammar, repeat as nessesary.

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