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Old 03-30-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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steering stabilizer

sooooo, I am trying to take the steering stabilizer / dampner off of my 97 TJ. Got the upper end off no problem but the other end that attaches to the drag link will not budge. I took the cotter pin out, got the nut off but cannot get the darn bolt to come out of the drag link....I soaked it in penetrating oil, have tried tapping it out with a hammer....it is like it is welded in there!
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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Mine was stuck yesterday. i grabbed a block of wood and a rubber mallet it came out eventually

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i had that issue when i was getting ready to install my ome steering stabilizer. and as said try a block of wood and a hammer.
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Don't be scared of it! get a BFH and hit it hard, it's tappered I had to beat mine hard before it broke loose.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:19 PM   #5
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I just changed mine tonight. Used this very puller. It took about 1/2 hour in total.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:23 PM   #6
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I sawzawed the bolt off then drilled out the rest of it

Another option is buy a new tie rod to go with the new stabilizer!
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:16 PM   #7
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When I installed my tierod/drag link kit I had to replace my stabilizer as well... It was hard to get out.. I hammered at that thing really hard and long () and I took the whole old assembly out and got it at a right angle and it just slid out... So if it's at a different angle, try that, but just keep hammering.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:49 AM   #8
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Pitman Arm puller

Thanks for the replies everyone......I ended up going down to the parts store and bought a small Pitman arm puller for 24 bucks......figured that would be a good tool to have in the box anyway.........I put the puller on, took about 10 turns and BANG it was off!
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Have a buddy to pry on it while you hit it. Worked for me this weekend!
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Have a buddy to pry on it while you hit it. Worked for me this weekend!
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