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pitman arm removal
#1
Borrowed the pitman arm puller from the local O'Reilly's and tried to pull the arm off the gear box shaft, yes the nut and lock washer are removed. It would not budge, even with some extension leverage.
I am swapping out the box and arm anyway, but wanted to remove the arm for the core return. I think at this point I will just give them the box with the arm on it, but I was wondering what I missed. Is there a snap ring or something else holding the arm on the shaft? BTW, the box is removed and I was attempting this on the garage floor.
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#2
i remember it was a fight to remove to remove the arm. the core is only 26$ if you can afford to keep it you might consider it other vendors want a lot more for a core .you never know if you need it my original box is up on the shelf just in case
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#3
Danno;185909 Wrote:Borrowed the pitman arm puller from the local O'Reilly's and tried to pull the arm off the gear box shaft, yes the nut and lock washer are removed. It would not budge, even with some extension leverage.
I am swapping out the box and arm anyway, but wanted to remove the arm for the core return. I think at this point I will just give them the box with the arm on it, but I was wondering what I missed. Is there a snap ring or something else holding the arm on the shaft? BTW, the box is removed and I was attempting this on the garage floor.

Yeah it's hard to get off. I wound up getting a new box and arm and keeping the original one as a spare.

-john
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#4
I doused mine in penetrating oil, let it sit for a while, and then used a pnuematic impact gun to turn the screw. Now the alignment place says I need to replace it cuz there is a lot of play in my steering linkage. Not sure if this is bogus or not, doing more research.

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#5
I agree on the impact along with penetrating lube. A few strikes on the sides of the arm with a hammer would help too.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

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#6
Penetrating oil, a little touch of the hot wrench, and a few taps with a hammer loosened up the pitman arm enough that the pitman arm puller will work on mine. Good luck with yours.

Ron
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Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.
El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.
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Formerly, a 1973 Ford Mustang Coupe - a work in progress, then a car-b-qued banana.
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#7
When you hit it with a hammer, put another hammer on the opposite side, helps to concentrate and contain the force exerted by the hammer blow onto the pitman arm.



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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#8
Use a puller and some penetration oil/fluid it may require a fair bit of force. Best not to strike the side of it as you don't want to run the risk of damaging any important bits in the steering box.

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise
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#9
I used an extractor to remove it, I remember was not easy cause I did this job while I was under the car, the car was only 1 feet high Sad
So if you have your core out already shouldn't be so hard.
Good luck.
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#10
I needed to use the puller and a oxy torch to bust mine loose. Had some wet rags on hand to cool the steering box shaft as to not cook the seal. It did not want to go easily.

Mike
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