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Putting a new pitman arm on 1997 grand marquis

What is the easiest way to put a new pitman arm on this vehicle. I've replaced it, and my brother in law ran into a pothole, hard enough to crack his headlight, then this evening he says he was making a turn and it popped off. Help me please.

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  • rainbow_blaq Dec 19, 2008

    thanks for the help, when I got to where he was broke down, it turned out to be his axle on the other side of the car.

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Set the front wheels straight.  remove pitman arm nut.  use pitman arm puller to free arm from gearbox.  This tool should be available to rent from most part stores.

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Popped off ??? you mean the bolt broke or the joint came apart... if the arm is broken you need to replace it again.... steering isn't something you want to patch up

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