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98 z71 pulling to the right

3 inch body lift on 98 z 71. pulling to the right . probally a idler arm or pitman arm worn ??????

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Tire pressure low,alignment jack up the front end and wobble the tires side to side the body lift would not effect this

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A idler or pitman arm unless completly worn out would never cause a pull ckeck the ball joints and control arm bushings for play if thats ok and the alignment good you have a bad tire try rotating them from side to side

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How do I check the idler arm and pitman arm for good or bad before changing them?

It can be difficult to make the determination without someone helping you. The pitman arm comes off the steering box output shaft and is the first motion that is evident from steering input. To check play here, let vehicle remain on the ground to where the front tires touch and restrain any movement. Have assistant turn steering wheel back and forth while you note any movement between shaft and drag/center link connection. At the sane time slide over to passenger's side of drag/center link and note any movement between the fixed idler arm and its connection to the drag/center link. Some slight movement is allowable, but substantial movement requires replacement. A good step-by-step instruction for replacment can be found here:

Once safely on jack stands, have your assistant grasp the driver's side tire at 9 and 3 o'clock and make short quick movements in and out. Observe any movement. Closely inspect movement at the inner and outer tie rods as well as their connection to the drag link. 29c82074-af7b-4186-95b2-53eac0555ed7.gif

Replace any item that is excessively worn. Use a pickle fork or ball joint separator tool to dismantle and take measurements of length of worn out items in order to approximate re-installation of new part.
Check out this video for other hints:

Once you have replaced the worn parts you will still need to have a front-end alignment, but this will get you close. Good Luck!

Aug 17, 2014 | 1998 GMC Sierra

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Steering wheel has to much play

Idler arm and or pitman arm most common.could also be excessive play in steering gear box.Tie rods/center link but usually its my first 2 choices go bad bothe of them idler and pitman common wear parts.

Aug 30, 2012 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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I have a 2000 gmc Jimmy . I'm going to change the

Locate the idler pulley to the left of the crankshaft pulley. The idler pulley bolts to the idler arm. The idler pulley is replaced with the arm because they are sold as one unit.

  • 2 Place a 3/8-inch ratchet driver into the square hole on the face of the idler pulley and pull up on the handle. This releases tension on the Sonoma's serpentine belt. Pull the belt off the idler pulley, lower and remove the ratchet handle.
  • 3 Remove the two bolts that secure the idler arm to the engine block using a socket and ratchet, and discard the old idler arm.
  • 4 Place the new idler arm against the engine block and secure it using the socket and ratchet.
  • 5 Put the ratchet driver into the square hole on the new idler pulley, pull up on the handle and place the serpentine belt over the pulley.
  • 6 Lower and remove the ratchet handle.
  • Oct 15, 2011 | 2000 GMC Jimmy

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    Is a special tool required to remove inner tie rod from relay rod on 2001 Tahoe.? Also what should torque be?

    Relay Rod Removal & Installation To Remove:
    1. Raise and support the vehicle
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Engine protection shield, if equipped
      • Steering damper from the relay rod, if equipped Note: Use the proper tool in order to separate all the tie rods and the ball joints.
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      • Tie rod ends (F) (See: Tie Rod Ends)
      • Idler arm ball stud nut (J) and discard the nut (See: Idler Arm)
      • Pitman arm nut (H) and discard the nut (See: Pitman Arm) Remove the idler arm from the relay rod gm_trk_sub15_idler_from_relay_rod.gif

      • Relay rod from the idler arm ball stud using the J24319-B or other suitable puller Remove relay rod from pitman arm ball stud gm_trk_sub15_relay_rod_rem.gif

      • Relay rod from the pitman arm ball stud using the J24319-B or other suitable puller
      • Relay rod from the vehicle
    3. Inspect the threads on the tie rod ends for damage
    4. Inspect the ball stud threads for damage
    5. Inspect the ball stud seals for excessive damage
    6. Clean the threads on the ball studs
    To Install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Relay rod to the vehicle
      • Relay rod to the pitman arm ball stud
      • Relay rod to the idler arm ball stud and make sure the seal is on the stud
      • New pitman arm prevailing torque nut
      • New idler arm prevailing torque nut and tighten the idler arm and pitman arm nuts; Torque to: 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
      • Tie rod ends
      • Steering dampener to the relay rod, if equipped
      • Engine protection shield, if equipped
    2. Lower the vehicle
    3. Check the wheel alignment
    4. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs
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    Sep 18, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    How to replace a idler arm and pitman arm need to replace it on my 98 gmc suburban 4x4

    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.

    Jul 17, 2010 | 1998 GMC Suburban

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    When braking between 80-60 kph the steer is

    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.
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    Mar 29, 2010 | 2003 Honda CR-V

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    I have a lot of play in the steering wheel

    Provided as to wether or not your model has a steering damper (if smo, may likely need replacing) and the ball joints check good, it may be likely that you have a worn steering gear. Many types are adjustable or rebuildable.

    Jan 17, 2010 | 1996 GMC Sierra

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    Steering loose on 1999 Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor

    It is more likely tie rods, Ball-joints, Idler Arm, Or pitman arm.

    Mar 27, 2009 | 1999 Ford Crown Victoria

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    Need pitman arm replaced and idler arm replaced

    The idler isn't bad, Remove cotter pin going through the nut, take off nut, you need a seperator tool to pull apart the arm from the center link, once that is done, remove the two bolts holding it to the frame, remove arm, installation is just reverse.
    The pitman arm is a little more to it. Do the same, remove cotter pin, take off nut, and seperate it from the rod, now there is big nut holding it on to the bottom of the steering box, take that nut off (some are a real pain), you will need a pitman arm puller to get it off. Note the position of the arm, need to put new one in same place, pull it off slow, sometimes seals will come with it, put seals back in same way, if they come out. Put some grease on splined shaft, tap new arm on until you can get nut on, tighten up with nut. Hopefully you have any problems. Good luck.

    Mar 24, 2009 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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    Pulls to the right when driving, wears right tire uneven

    Ball joints, idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends are all problems with these vehicles. If any of these parts are worn it can cause your problem and it cannot be properly aligned until the parts are replaced..

    Mar 05, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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