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Old 05-11-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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How to get pitman arm off?

Hey everyone!

I'm going to be installing my lift kit soon and I was wondering if there's another way to get the pitman arm off other than a pitman arm puller.

Thanks in advance!

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Spent a few hours with the puller, not working. Then did about 5 mins with a cut off wheel. Just be sure to check your depth often so you don't cut into the splines.

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Spent a few hours with the puller, not working. Then did about 5 mins with a cut off wheel. Just be sure to check your depth often so you don't cut into the splines.
This is how I removed mine. I broke two pullers trying to get it loose. Don't buy the cheapo's from autozone for 15 dollars. If you get one buy a high quality one from proto or snap on and use a impact gun.
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Spent a few hours with the puller, not working. Then did about 5 mins with a cut off wheel. Just be sure to check your depth often so you don't cut into the splines.
The only way, as long as you plan to replace it anyway. Why waste time saving a part you don't need?
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Is it easy to avoid cutting into the splines? Or are you going to nick them no matter what
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Most people don't realize that you can take a pitman arm puller (even a cheap one) and put tension on it. get it tight were it won't budge. Then take a BFH and smack it a couple times and it will pop loose.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #8
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What's a BFH? Dumb question probably
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The safest way is to use a puller.
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we broke two pullers on mine, one shot a bolt right across the room when the bolt broke. And yeah, we even had heated the pitman arm red hot with an acetaline torch to help it expand. They don't come off easy, to say the least.

Lots of heat, lots of strength and lots of patience!
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When I had trouble with mine, I took the steering box out of my jeep and took it off on the bench. Put a puller on it and used pb blaster, wd40, etc. Pick your poison. Let it sit over night with the pressure of the puller and let the lubricant soak. tapped it with a hammer and it popped off.
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Sounds good. I'll pick up a puller and keep the arm tensioned over night and I'll let PB sit on it. I hope it comes off
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Worst case scenario, take a die grinder and cut a few notches, try not to hit the shaft, take a punch or chisel and hammer and tap the notched out part to try and break it.
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Most people don't realize that you can take a pitman arm puller (even a cheap one) and put tension on it. get it tight were it won't budge. Then take a BFH and smack it a couple times and it will pop loose.
i put pb on it over nite then had one hand holding the impact on the puller and the other hand smacking it with my 5lbs sledge. took a couple min but it cam off just fine...
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I used a puller on there real tight... hosed it with some PB Blaster... and then took a metal rod and placed it down through the grill right in front of the radiator. If you look down there you can see the top of the pitman arm right up close to the shaft. The rod was about 3 feet long.

With the puller tight, I put the metal rod on the arm and whacked it with a 2 pound sledge. About 10 to 20 really hard whacks and it came off. It didn't pop off but slid down a bit to make the puller loose. I just tightened the puller and it came off.

Didn't take long at all.

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I used a puller on there real tight... hosed it with some PB Blaster... and then took a metal rod and placed it down through the grill right in front of the radiator. If you look down there you can see the top of the pitman arm right up close to the shaft. The rod was about 3 feet long.

With the puller tight, I put the metal rod on the arm and whacked it with a 2 pound sledge. About 10 to 20 really hard whacks and it came off. It didn't pop off but slid down a bit to make the puller loose. I just tightened the puller and it came off.

Didn't take long at all.

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good thinking getting the rod in there to hit from above.
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I know it's not DIY but I took my jeep to a local tire shop and they replaced it for 40 bucks. No BFH needed or grinding needed the cost was justified for the fustration it would have brought.
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Most people don't realize that you can take a pitman arm puller (even a cheap one) and put tension on it. get it tight were it won't budge. Then take a BFH and smack it a couple times and it will pop loose.
This is truely the best answer
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I had to replace my steering box recently, and luckily have access to my friend's shop. It took a long time to get off with a pitman puller, BFH, and acetylene torch. This is not an easy job!

A word of caution: one of the mechanics at the shop lost an eye when a pitman puller busted apart. These things get put under major tension.
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Wonderful... I'll be soaking it in PB every day until friday or saturday or so. If my uncle has a pitman arm puller I'll use his and I'll use a hammer. If worse comes to worse, I'll cut it down deep on each side then whack it with a hammer to break it off.
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Done?

Did you get it off?
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Not yet. I had to post pone putting on my lift till next weekend got really busy with work and such all of a sudden.
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First off this is how I got mine off .

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The only way, as long as you plan to replace it anyway. Why waste time saving a part you don't need?
This is also true as every U-bolt I cut off with an angle grinder w/ cut off wheel ,as well as the inner spring bolts (they were fused to the inner metal sleeve and wouldn't even budge with heat as the rubber seemed to be insulating it . Good luck.

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