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I need to replace the pitman arm,will I need to remove the steering gear box to get it off or is there an easier way. this is on a 1989 k1500 4 wheel drive chevey truck

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Yes you need to unbolt the steering box and drop it a little. not to hard. then you remove the nut and you will have to use a puller most of the time.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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Pitman arm pullers are available and more than likely rentabble at autozone for a few bucks. Do the job right with the right tool. When pulling arm tap the puller while under pressure. There is a king spline you have to match up on reinstall. Good Luck

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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No need to remove the steering box. It is connected to it with a big bolt that has to be removed.

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Pitman arm is attached to the steering box. It has the large nut that you will need to remove from the shaft of the steering box. Use a puller to remove the pitman arm, you will have to seperate the drag-link from the pitman arm also. You can use a pickle fork, a puller or joint tool, but be careful not to destroy the rubber cup or you will have to replace it. Reinstall in reverse of removal, make sure you put the new part in the same position it was when removed. You should not have to remove the steering box.

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