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Removing idler arms for a 1989 chevy astro van

How do we remove the idler arms on our 1989 chevy astro van. we can not find any discription on how to do it

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Are you try to remove the tapered end that connected to the steering linkage ? if you are you will need a pickle fork, some part stores will rent this tool to you good luck kdc744

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