Question about 1985 Mazda RX-7
SOURCE: Power steering
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.
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
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.
Posted on Jan 02, 2009
SOURCE: repair steering linkage
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
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
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
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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