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How to change pitman arm on a 1999 chevy suburban

Is it possible to change the pitman arm without removing the power steering pump? I have a manual that says you just need a two-arm puller but i am having trouble making this work. the vehicle is 2wd. any help would be appreciated?

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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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