I had the Pitman and Idler Arms replaced two weeks ago. I also had the front brakes replaced and two new tires and alignment done. I went out of town for X-mas and on my drive home started to hear a noise that got louder and louder. I took it back to the shop that did the work and they say the Transfer Case is shot.
I had the seal replaced at this same shop less than a year ago and have noticed any leakage since. When I asked them this the answer was that the seal "blew out", it lost fluids and is shot.
1.) Could something have happened when they did front end work?
2.)I've had the car 3 yrs, never used the 4 wheel drive
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Air pressure good in tires? Idler and pitman arms would get loose. Jack up front wheels and grab them on each side and wiggle them from side to side. Watch for movement in the steering linkage. Then grab wheel on top and bottom. Wiggle it again. If it moves then, you need a wheel bearing Hub assembly or ball joint.
It could be several different things. If it does it only when applying the brakes I would say that your brakes rotors and drums need to be turned on a brake lathe. Other things to check are the tires either being out of balance or damaged. You may have a bent or damaged wheel. Check your front CV joints and axles. Check front wheel bearings. Check for slack in your pitman and idler arms. Check the ujoints and carrier bearing on your rear driveline.
when the steering wheel is centred, the front wheels should both point slightly inwards. after the amount of parts changed, i would recommend that you get the tracking checked at a garage using the proper, calibrated measuring systems, to make sure that the steering is set up properly and safely.
sounds like you have a warpped brake rotor, bad ball joint, or a bad tire. I would recommed taking the truck to a tire shop and have them shake down the front end that will tell you if its a tire or ball joint
Yes, if the Steering Wheel was not removed, it should be in the original position after making any repairs to the steering system. If Wheel is moved to either side, the repairs made need to be rechecked, before removing the pitman and idler arms, the position of the old arms should have been marked or noted to install the new arms the same way.
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You will need the proper tools to remove them which can be rented at auto parts stores. The pitman arm has to pulled off with an pitman arm puller also have to drop steering box I believe to change it. I know we did on my 1996 Tahoe the idler arm can be seperated with a front end fork also available at parts store. You just drive it between the idler arm and tie rod after removing castle nut and cotter pen.
You could have a worn idler arm and pitman arm. The idler arm is more common to wear out before the pitman arm so start with that and have the front end aligned. Inspect all your front end steering components for damaged and worn out parts that need to be replaced.
Thank you for using Fixya, you did replaced your brake rotor when you replaced the brake pads right???
jack up and support van passenger side first with wheels straight remove wheel unbolt idler arm from center link and using a fork designed for removing front end parts some auto stores let u borrow / loan u fork remove idler arm unbolt (2) from frame replace and bolt in new one replace wheel other side wheels straight jack and remove wheel mark pitman at steer box so u can transfer mark to new pitman unbolt and us fork to remove pitman from center link us pulley to remove pitman transfer marks to new arm align up replace bolt up replace wheel done
I'm not 100% sure if this is the problem. I would get a 2nd opinion from either another shop or a very good mechanic that you may know. It does seem ironic that this all of a sudden went out right after they worked on it. Getting a second opinion may cost a little, but it may pay for itself in the long run. Your transfer case may just need fluid also.