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I need to replace the steering box and pitman arm on my lifted 89 gmc suburban. the stock one is a bad design with a pinch bolt holding the arm on the shaft like a shifter on a motorcycle. I would like to replace the box whith one that has the nut instead and a drop pitman arm any help would be great thanks

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May need to go to a salvage yard and get one from a 4 wheel drive..pickup or whatever..

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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.

Posted on Jan 02, 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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SOURCE: how to replace a idler arm and pitman arm

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.

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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
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