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My 93 GMC typhoon need to replace the pitman arm but i don't know what size of the NUT! not sure it is mm or standard? please help me to find the rigth size of the tool

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  • Anonymous Oct 05, 2010

    All I will tell you is,if your going to work on your own vehicles,you will need a large selection of metric and most fractional size wrenches and sockets

    You can measure it

  • jetfixr Oct 05, 2010

    I am pretty sure its metric. I did mine not too long ago. I am thinking 28mm but not sure. I just wanted to tell you that you are going to need a good puller to remove that from the steering box. My 95 Suburban, I had to remove the steering box to gain access for the puller. You are gonna need a pretty stout puller to pull it off of the steering shaft.



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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.

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Don't worry it is not too hard if you keep at. One "special tool" that you will need is a ball joint separator to separate the ball joint on the idler arm from the steering. When changing make sure to compare your replacement parts with the original and if necessary make a diagram of how things go together. On the bottom, there is a castle nut and a cotter pin. Remove the pin and loosen the nut then use the ball joint separator to remove the idler arm. (This is the hardest part of the job.) Then remove the remaining bolts and take the part off. Before putting the new idler arm make sure that you put the new grease fitting on it (and go ahead and squirt a little grease in it even though it already has some) and in between the new ball joint and the steering there should be a plastic bearing that slips into place. It's a pretty straight forward job and once you take a good look at it you will see what all needs to be done. Hope this helps, let me know how it goes. Goodluck!

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remove the large nut where it attaches to the steering box, the small nut where it attaches to the center link. you will need a pitman arm puller to get it off the steering box. before you pull it off, take note of the positioning of the arm, there are 4 possible ways to put it on and you HAVE to put it back on the same way. dont forget to get an alignment after.

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