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Old 09-24-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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98 steering gearbox

I have had a leak in my steering gearbox and have been going through power steering fluid like crazy i went to take my gearbox out and couldnt get the nut o the bottom of the pittman arm off... I tried everything but torching it off
So short of torching it does anybody have any experience getting it off or any ideas and if i have to torch it where would be the best place to get a new nut because my local oriellys doesnt sell them

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Old 09-24-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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Instead of just torching it... Give it some heat. Not quite to the point of glowing but nice and hot and with the proper size socket and a breaker bar it should come off and then you will need a nice heavy duty pitman arm puller to get off the pitman arm

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Old 09-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thank you ill try that
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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Do what Slater said. I had to replace mine year and though a PAI it did come off with heat and a good breaker bar.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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I don't know how bad the leak is, but I had a leaky steering box on my truck a couple of years ago, and my mechanic told me to keep topping it off with Lucas oil, (a new steering box being a rather expensive repair), and it worked. hasn't leaked since, and its been 3 yrs.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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I will try that first thanks chuck

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