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Stuck pitman arm on a 95 GMC 1500 4x4

I bought a pitman arm puller(a cheap one) and the pitman arm is on there so well that the pitman arm puller top hooks broke. Is the arm just siezed to the shaft, or is there a secret to this style of pitman arm? I was turning the bottom screw on the puller using a 1/2" drive ratchet with a cheater bar on it, and it would not budge. If I put heat on it, I will melt the rubber boot. Will heat wreck anything else in the steering box I don't know about?

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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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    Rotate the steering shaft with the torque wrench again. Make adjustments to the steering box adjusting nut as described in Step 4, if needed, until the correct reading is obtained on the torque wrench.

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