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Power steering I'm trying to get the pitman arm off the bottom of the steering box, but don't have clearance to get the puller on it. How do I remove the box and seperate it from the steering column? Thanks, Mark

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First, you have to slide the black plastic cover up the steering shaft to get it out of your way. The steering shaft is attached to the steering box with a splined coupling that is held on with one 11mm bolt (the bolt goes right to left). After the bolt is removed, the shaft will slide off of the box (with some persuasion from a prybar). Next, you have to remove the 2 power steering lines from the top of the steering box. After that, you get under the truck and use a pickle fork to steparate the pitman arm from the center link. Lastly, you remove the 4 bolts that hold the steering box to the truck frame. They run through the frame from the driver's side and screw into the steering box. Then all you have to do is wrestle the box out without smashing a finger.

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    Park the vehicle on a level surface and make sure the front wheels are pointing straight ahead. Make sure the vehicle is in park (or in gear if you have manual transmission) and set the parking brake.

    Disconnect the pitman arm from the steering box from underneath the front of the vehicle by turning the holding bolt in a counterclockwise direction with an adjustable wrench. Place a pitman arm puller (available at auto parts stores) over the pitman arm and tighten the nut on the puller in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman arm loosens from the steering box shaft. Remove the pitman arm and the puller.

    Open the hood and loosen the lock nut on top of the steering box from the engine compartment with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction.

    Place a torque wrench on the steering shaft and turn the wrench one complete turn. Make sure the torque reading is approximately 2 inch pounds. Tighten the adjusting nut on top of the steering box (it comes out of the center of the lock nut) in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench one half turn if the torque wrench reading is too low. Loosen the nut in a counterclockwise direction if the reading is too high.

    Rotate the steering shaft with the torque wrench again. Make adjustments to the steering box adjusting nut as described in Step 4, if needed, until the correct reading is obtained on the torque wrench.

    Make sure the steering wheel is in the straight ahead position and reattach the pitman arm to the bottom of the steering shaft on the steering box. Tighten the holding nut in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman arm seats into place.

    Tighten the lock nut on top of the steering box with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction. Close the hood

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