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Does the steering gear have to be removed to replace the pitman arm? or can i just use a pickle fork to remove it?

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SOURCE: Need to replace pitman arm on 1989 k1500 5.7 do i

No. You just need a pitman arm puller and the correct wrenches.

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From what I have found there is a SIR coil located behind the horn/airbag. If it is not balanced or working properly, ie; you do front end work and the steering wheel doesn't get lined up properly, it will trigger the check airbag light. Also the wiring harness running down the intermediate shaft or steering collum
Can also get snagged causing error codes. There is a good forum I found with step by step procedures with diagrams, I will try and post link.

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How to install a pitman arm on a 1984 chevy 4x4 blazer


It's an easy but physically demanding if you do not have a pneumatic set of tools. The specialty tools you will first have to get your hands on are a Tie Rod remover. otherwise know as a (pickle fork). There are two sizes of these large for ball joint removal and small for Tie rod removal. Looks like a big 2 pronged fork. The next Tool is a Pitman arm remover. Usually you can rent or barrow them from your local auto parts store. Drive your blazer up on to a set of repair ramps. Block the rear tires.The bolt to the center link from the pitman arm has a crown nut on it with a cotter pin going threw it. Remove the cotter pin.and remove the crown nut. Then with the Pickle fork and a 5 lb. sledge hammer. place the pickle fork between the center link and the pitman arm bolt. Give the end of the Pickle fork as many good blows on the other end as it takes for the center link to release from the pitman arm. Once that is done take a break I know you'll need it. Next is the Pitman arm to the steering gear shaft. Hope you can get your hands on a good breaker bar or an impact wrench and a socket large enough for the steering gear shaft nut. Remove the nut. Then place the Pitman arm removal tool between the pitman arm and the steering gear housing. Start tightening the threaded rod the remover up against the shaft. It is hard as hell to remove because pitman arms rarely go bad. It's usually the center link that fails.It will take a lot of strength to remove and you may want to use a little penetrating lube on it. Once you get that off you may want to replace the steering gear shaft seal as well. Otherwise just reverse the removal steps. The shaft is notched and so is the pitman are make sure they line up. then Torque to spec.s If you plan on keeping the blazer get a repair manual from your auto parts store. It will help you put a great deal.

Jul 24, 2012 | 1994 Chevrolet K1500

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How to change the pittman arm and idler arm on a 1999 S10 Chevy Blazer 4x4?


Pitman arm requires a pitman arm puller, and a tie rod seperator or "pickle fork". Remove the cotter pin on from the joint on the pitman arm and center link, then remove the nuts from both ends of pitman arm. Use the pitman arm puller to remove the pitman arm from the steering gear, then use the tie rod seperator to remove the end from the center link. Reinstall and retighten nuts, do not leave out the cotter pin.
Idler arm will require tie rod seperator. Remove the cotter pin from the end at the center link, use the tie rod seperator to seperate the joint there. Unbolt the idler arm from the frame, and remove. On reinstalling remember to install a new cotter pin. It would be best to have the front end alignment checked after replacing these parts.

Apr 08, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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How to replace iddle arm and pitman arm on a 1986 g20 van


jack up and support van passenger side first with wheels straight remove wheel unbolt idler arm from center link and using a fork designed for removing front end parts some auto stores let u borrow / loan u fork remove idler arm unbolt (2) from frame replace and bolt in new one replace wheel other side wheels straight jack and remove wheel mark pitman at steer box so u can transfer mark to new pitman unbolt and us fork to remove pitman from center link us pulley to remove pitman transfer marks to new arm align up replace bolt up replace wheel done

Oct 30, 2009 | 1986 Chevrolet G20

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How to remove and install a steering box w power in 1982 chevy van 250 engine ...will I need special tools,etc...? Hopefully with pictures of procedure...Thanx...Greg


the only special tool you'll need is a "pickle fork" to remove the pitman arm off the old gear box.
You can find this pickle fork at your local auto parts store to buy or rent.

Oct 12, 2009 | 1985 Chevrolet Chevy

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Repair steering linkage


You'll have to rent or borrow a pickle fork and a pitman arm puller. There is more than one size of pickle fork so specify for tie rod ends. You can buy them too, about $100 for the pair and they are not vehicle specific.
Jack and block up your front end so the wheels are clear. Take the nut off the tie rod end and wedge the pickle fork between the tie rod and the drag link, rap with a hammer until it separates. Loosen the bolt on the collar and unscrew the tie rod end. Count the turns when you remove it and screw the new one in the same number of turns.Fit it into the drag link and tighten the collar and the new nut.
Take the nut off the idler arm and use the pickle fork to separate it from the drag link. Unbolt the idler arm from the frame. The new one goes on in the reverse.
You'll probably need an adjustable wrench to remove the nut from the pitman arm,it's bigger than most wrench sets. Separate it from the drag link first. Slide the puller on and tighten it up. Once it starts to turn hard, give the bolt on the puller a rap with the hammer and tighten some more. Repeat until the arm comes off. Slip the new one on and tighten.
Don't be shy when you tighten these parts because if there is play, the holes in the drag link will oval out and you will have to replace it too. Don,t use a pickle fork on the pitman arm or you will have to replace the seal in the bottom of the steering box. Hope this helps.

Jul 08, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Replacing ball joints on 1994 2500 silverado pick up plus replacing pittman rod


You will have to get a couple of tools for this job, a "pickle fork" and a pitman arm puller. You may be able to rent or borrow, but you should be able to buy them for about $80. They come in handy. To do the ball joints, jack up the truck and block it. With the wheel off remove the big nut on the inside of the spindle. Wedge your pickle fork between the spindle and control and give it a few belts with a hammer until the ball joint comes outof the spindle. Don't be shy with the hammer. Next you remove the ball joint from the control arm. IT may be riveted or bolted. Grind the rivets off, with a mini grinder. Bolt the new ball joint into the control arm tight and put it back in the spindle. Tighten up the big nut. If you are using a socket or box end wrench when you can't turn it any more it should be tight enough,put your shoulder into it when you tighten. Do your ball joints one at a time. You can use this procedure to remove the pitman arm from the center link. To remove the pitman arm from the steering box, remove the nut first. Hook up your puller making sure it is centered on the steering box shaft and straight with the angle of the box. Tighten the center bolt. When it gets hard to turn with your wrist give the bolt a sharp rap with a hammer. REpeat this until the pitman arm comes off. Put the new one on,they are usually made so that they will only go on in one position on the steering box. Make sure you before you tighten it that you didn't put it on upside down. When you sure it's on right tighten it up. Itshould return to a similar position on the steering shaft as the old one you took off. Reconnect the other end to the center link. Make sure you grease whatever you replace, and get your truck aligned as soon as possible, or your tires will start to wear funny.

Jun 12, 2009 | 1994 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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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


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.

Jun 03, 2009 | 1989 Chevrolet K1500

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Replacing Pitman arm and idler arm on a K1500


You need to unbolt the steering box from the frame. You can do it with the lines still attached. Gently roll the steering box on its side. you can rent a pitman arm puller from autozone or advance auto.

Think positive, it can and has been done....

Mar 21, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How do I remove a manual steering box from a 2Wheel Ford F100?


where steering column comes thru firewall,there is 2 bolts and nuts that connects the steering column to the gear box.make a mark with a paint marker to line up column to gearbox flange. take out both bolts.remove drag bar with pickle fork from pitman arm.there are 3 bolts that connect gearbox to frame. remove bolts, your done. hotrod

Jan 08, 2009 | 1981 Ford F 100

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Pitman arm instlation


YOU WILL NEED A "PITMAN ARM PULLER".
YOU WILL NEED TO REMOVE THE STEERING GEARBOX & ARM AS AN ENTIRE UNIT FROM THE TRUCK. BASIC HAND TOOLS ARE REQUIRED EXCEPT FOR A PICKLE FORK TOOL USED TO SEPARATE PITMAN ARM FROM STEERING CENTER LINK .

Oct 23, 2008 | 1994 GMC Jimmy

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