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Steering linkage What's the best way to remove the pitman arm from the steering center link? I'm replacing my steering gear and shaft. I'm using a pitman arm puller, but the center link just won't come off, I have also tried to pull the pitman arm from the steering gear, but that won't come off either...

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First, you have to slide the black plastic cover up the steering shaft to get it out of your way. The steering shaft is attached to the steering box with a splined coupling that is held on with one 11mm bolt (the bolt goes right to left). After the bolt is removed, the shaft will slide off of the box (with some persuasion from a prybar). Next, you have to remove the 2 power steering lines from the top of the steering box. After that, you get under the truck and use a pickle fork to steparate the pitman arm from the center link. Lastly, you remove the 4 bolts that hold the steering box to the truck frame. They run through the frame from the driver's side and screw into the steering box. Then all you have to do is wrestle the box out without smashing a finger.

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SOURCE: stuck pitman arm on a 95 GMC 1500 4x4

This is how I do it. I spray alot of PB Blaster all over the connection and take a large hammer and hit the side of the pitman arm and keep spraying and hitting. It'll come loose and fall off. You have to break up the rust "welding" it together.

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You'll have to rent or borrow a pickle fork and a pitman arm puller. There is more than one size of pickle fork so specify for tie rod ends. You can buy them too, about $100 for the pair and they are not vehicle specific.
Jack and block up your front end so the wheels are clear. Take the nut off the tie rod end and wedge the pickle fork between the tie rod and the drag link, rap with a hammer until it separates. Loosen the bolt on the collar and unscrew the tie rod end. Count the turns when you remove it and screw the new one in the same number of turns.Fit it into the drag link and tighten the collar and the new nut.
Take the nut off the idler arm and use the pickle fork to separate it from the drag link. Unbolt the idler arm from the frame. The new one goes on in the reverse.
You'll probably need an adjustable wrench to remove the nut from the pitman arm,it's bigger than most wrench sets. Separate it from the drag link first. Slide the puller on and tighten it up. Once it starts to turn hard, give the bolt on the puller a rap with the hammer and tighten some more. Repeat until the arm comes off. Slip the new one on and tighten.
Don't be shy when you tighten these parts because if there is play, the holes in the drag link will oval out and you will have to replace it too. Don,t use a pickle fork on the pitman arm or you will have to replace the seal in the bottom of the steering box. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 1994 chevy k1500 4x4 and need to change pitman arm

Take the bolts out that attach the steering box to the frame and pivot the box so you can fit the puller on.
Leave the steering shaft and power steering hoses attached.
Mark the new pitman arm and old one in the same place and mark the pitman shaft to keep the same position of the new pit man arm on the old shaft as the old pitman arm.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

SOURCE: how to change pitman arm on a 1999 chevy suburban

you don't have to remove the steering box to do a pitman arm. Take off the one 1/4 in. nut, or whatever size it is, take the nut off the center link, put a pitman arm puller on the steering box side, and tighten the puller until you can't go any further, and hit the adjuster w/ a hammer hard, then tighten some more and repeat

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1998 GMC Truck Jimmy - 4WD ' Blazer, Bravada, Jimmy, S10 Pickup, Sonoma VIN S/T Service Manual ' Steering ' Power Steering System ' Repair Instructions ' Document ID: 416283
Steering Gear Replacement (4WD) Removal Procedure Tools RequiredJ 24319-B Steering Linkage Puller
Notice: Do not rotate steering shaft after steering column has been removed. Damage to SIR components may occur.
  1. Remove the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls 4.3L.

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  3. Place a drain pan below the steering gear.
  4. Remove the inlet and the outlet hoses from the power steering gear.
  5. Cap or tape the ends of the hoses and the gear fittings in order to prevent dirt from entering the system.

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  6. Remove the intermediate shaft shield from the steering gear.

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  8. Remove the lower intermediate shaft coupling bolt.
  9. Draw alignment marks on the lower intermediate shaft coupling and the steering shaft.
  10. Remove the lower intermediate shaft coupling from the steering shaft.
  11. Raise the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  12. Remove the steering linkage shield. Refer to Steering Linkage Shield Replacement in Steering Linkage.

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  14. Remove differential carrier shield mounting bolts.
  15. Remove the differential carrier shield.

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  17. Remove the pitman arm ball stud nut at the relay rod.

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  19. Disconnect pitman arm from relay rod using J 24319-B .

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  21. Remove the steering gear mounting bolts and the washers from the frame.
  22. Remove the steering gear.
  23. Remove the pitman arm. Refer to Pitman Arm Replacement in Steering Linkage.

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STeering wheel is loose and noisy while steering. Sounds like something broke inside.


This might help to understand the steering linkage: REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Fig. 1: Steering linkage used on the Bronco and 4-wheel drive F-150 84928067.gif
Fig. 2: Steering linkage used on the 4-wheel drive F-350 84928070.gif
Fig. 3: Steering linkage used on F-Super Duty chassis/cab 84928071.gif
Pitman Arm EXCEPT F-SUPER DUTY STRIPPED CHASSIS AND MOTOR HOME CHASSIS
  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
  2. Disconnect the drag link at the Pitman arm. You'll need a puller such as a tie rod end remover.
  3. Remove the Pitman arm-to-gear nut and washer.
  4. Matchmark the Pitman arm and gear housing for installation purposes.
  5. Using a 2-jawed puller, remove the Pitman arm from the gear.
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F-SUPER DUTY STRIPPED CHASSIS MOTOR HOME CHASSIS
  1. Matchmark the Pitman arm and sector shaft.
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  5. Aligning the matchmarks, slide the Pitman arm onto the sector shaft. If the arm won't slide on easily, use a cold chisel to spread the separation. NEVER HAMMER THE ARM ONTO THE SHAFT! Hammering on the arm will damage the steering gear!
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  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  3. Remove the drag link ball studs from the right-hand spindle and Pitman arm.
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  6. Have the front end alignment checked.
RUBBERIZED BALL SOCKET LINKAGE
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  3. Remove the nuts connecting the drag link ball studs to the connecting rod and Pitman arm.
  4. Disconnect the drag link using a tie rod end remover.
  5. Loosen the bolts on the adjuster clamp. Count the number of turns it take to remove the drag link from the adjuster. To install:
  6. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Install the drag link with the same number of turns it took to remove it. Make certain that the wheels remain in the straight-ahead position during installation. Seat the studs in the tapered hole before tightening the nuts. This will avoid wrap-up of the rubber grommets during tightening of the nuts. Tighten the adjuster clamp nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Tighten the ball stud nuts to 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm).
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Connecting Rod RUBBERIZED BALL SOCKET LINKAGE
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  3. Disconnect the connecting rod from the drag link by removing the nut and separating the two with a tie rod end remover.
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Fig. 5: Remove the nut from the ball stud 88288p03.jpg
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Fig. 8: For a more accurate reinstallation, you may measure the tie rod end prior to removal 88288p06.jpg
Fig. 9: After having loosened the nut, unscrew and remove the tie rod end 88288p07.jpg
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  7. Install the drag link and connecting rod.
  8. Have the front end alignment checked.
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Hello was wondering if you had instructions on how to replace the steering gear box on a 2001 chevrolet s10?


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Notice: Do not rotate steering shaft after steering column has been removed. Damage to SIR components may occur.

Lock the steering column through the access hole in the steering column lower trim cover using the J 42640.
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Removal & Installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the stone shield.
  3. Tag the pressure and return lines so they may be reassembled in their original positions.
  4. Disconnect the pressure and return lines from the steering gear. Plug the lines and ports in the gear to prevent the entry of dirt.
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  6. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  7. Remove the nut from the sector shaft.
  8. Remove the pitman arm from the sector shaft with a suitable pitman arm removal tool. Remove the tool from the pitman arm.
  1. Support the steering gear and remove the steering gear retaining bolts.
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  3. If the flex coupling did not come off with the gear, lift it off the shaft.
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  1. Turn the steering wheel to the straight-ahead position

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During installation, position the steering gear input shaft as shown on 1992-98 vehicles

  1. Center the steering gear input shaft with the indexing flat facing downward on 1989-91 vehicles. On 1992-98 vehicles, center the steering gear input shaft with the centerline of the 2 indexing flats at 4 o'clock.
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I have a 1994 chevy k1500 4x4 and need to change pitman arm


Take the bolts out that attach the steering box to the frame and pivot the box so you can fit the puller on.
Leave the steering shaft and power steering hoses attached.
Mark the new pitman arm and old one in the same place and mark the pitman shaft to keep the same position of the new pit man arm on the old shaft as the old pitman arm.

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Power Steering Gear Removal & Installation To Remove:
  1. Raise and safely support vehicle.
  2. Remove left wheel assembly.
  3. Matchmark pitman arm and shaft for installation.
  4. Remove cotter pin and nut at center link.
  5. Use ball joint splitter to separate pitman arm from center link.
  6. Disconnect pressure hose at damping pipe and drain fluid into suitable container.
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Hope this pic works
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