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Old 10-14-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Pitman arm removal

Hey guys I have been having trouble taking my pitman arm off. I cannot for the life of me get that Nut off that ball joint bolt. It just keeps spinning and even with a wrench and pliers I can't keep its still. I've been able to take off the pitman arm that attaches to the steering column but it's this damn nut thats litterly driving me nuts lol. My brother changed his and itís a TJ and it came off with no problems. Let me know if Iím doing something wrong or what I can do to take it off.

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Old 10-14-2009, 09:45 PM   #2
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impact gun will help a bunch.

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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Yes an impact wrench could help.
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I worked General Motors some years ago. My job was tighening ball joints and tie rods with pneumatic torque wrench, every once in a while there would be some issue like a burr on the threads that would cause a "spinning ball", so I would have to blow a whistle and some guys would come runnning and fix it with an impact, just like the other posters suggested.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:16 AM   #5
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I hate it when that happens.

If the impact doesn't do it - If the stud is still sticking out, use a Dremel to cut a slot in the end of the stud. Then use a screwdriver in the slot to hold it while you turn the nut.

And that doesn't do it, then use the Dremel to cut the nut in half.
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^ sounds like you have done that before
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Yup, too many times. It's Murphy's Law.
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Thanks guys, had my friend come over and took him 2 seconds to take it off. I just told him I must have loosened it for him lol. He happened to have some cringe pliers or whatever you call them and he was able to keep it still. Other than that got my OME shocks put on and it's amazing how smooth they are compared to my worn out Pro Comp ES1000... Well worth the money now that it doesn't sound like my jeep is going to fall apart from hitting small bumps in the road. And thanks for the quick responses, you guys are awesome!

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Hopefully you didn't remove your OE Pitman arm to install a dropped Pitman arm.
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Haha well I actually just replaced the dropped pitman arm that was on there and put a stock one back on there. I don't know why they make a dropped pitman arm for 4" lifts when you donít need it... But yeah now that the stock one is one my alignment and steering wheel feel so much better.
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Haha well I actually just replaced the dropped pitman arm that was on there and put a stock one back on there. I don't know why they make a dropped pitman arm for 4" lifts when you donít need it... But yeah now that the stock one is one my alignment and steering wheel feel so much better.
Good for you, I was concerned. Dropped Pitman arms just cause problems like bump steer 99 times out of the 100 times they get installed onto a TJ. Dropped Pitman arms should not be installed onto a TJ unless specifically required by having installed a dropped trackbar mount or similar steering geometry change.

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