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Old 12-09-2008, 10:02 PM   #1
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Pitman arm puller

I have been working on my soa project and I have the front done except the drop pitman arm. I have done broke two of the pullers you get from advanced auto. Does anybody know of another way to get it off or whats a better puller. I have sprayed and sprayed it with oil. Somebody please help before I take a sledge hammer to the darn thing.

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Old 12-09-2008, 10:10 PM   #2
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CJ115, Puller, Pitman Arm (Compact/Intermediate)

this is the best style to buy,doesn't have to be snap on. but it pulls evenly around the whole arm. i've used the crappy style you're talking about, torched the crap out of the pitman, and hit it with the impact gun, and hammered the crap out of it, and could not budge it. i put that style puller on it, and it had no problem. its the only one to have.

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Old 12-09-2008, 10:24 PM   #3
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i hit mine with a BFH on the sides between cranking down on the pitman arm puller.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:33 AM   #4
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If you're going to replace the arm with another, cut it with a saw or dremmel tool. A partial cut will work.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:22 AM   #5
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Ill look for a puller like that today and if I cant find one I will try cutting the darn thing off. Thanks guys I will let you know how it turns out.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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i have never had to cut a pitman arm to get it off, i'd use that as the absolute last effort. if you're not careful you could damage the gear box. the bfh, and some heat usually works, or having the better puller works everytime.
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i have never had to cut a pitman arm to get it off, i'd use that as the absolute last effort.
I almost did on mine. I bought one of the cheap pullers and broke it. Rented one from Autozone and broke it. I borrowed one of the snap-on ones and tried it and I couldn't get it to come off with a breaker bar and a cheater bar. The top of it was bowing out real bad and I was afraid I was going to break it too. I took it back to the mechanic I borrowed it from and he said it doesn't matter if it breaks its Snap-On. So he got out the half inch impact and hit it real good and it wouldn't budge. So he grabbed the 3/4 drive impact and hit it for about 30 seconds or so. Didn't budge. So he hit it with the 3/4 impact again while I smacked it with a hammer. After a bit of that it finally let go with a huge BANG. That thing was in a hurry too when it let go.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:50 PM   #8
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Thanks JPDOCDAVE, I got a snap-on puller from a mechanic I know, put it on there and used a 1/2 inch drive rachet with a 4 foot cheeter bar and she popped off of there in about a minute and a half. Now that I am finished the front with the exception of shocks (which I still have to buy when I get a measurment), now i am moving to the back. Thanks again for all your guys help.
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:17 AM   #9
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Thanks JPDOCDAVE, I got a snap-on puller from a mechanic I know, put it on there and used a 1/2 inch drive rachet with a 4 foot cheeter bar and she popped off of there in about a minute and a half. Now that I am finished the front with the exception of shocks (which I still have to buy when I get a measurment), now i am moving to the back. Thanks again for all your guys help.
good tools make a difference, glad to hear it worked
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:19 PM   #10
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wow i musta' got lucky w/ mine...came right off w/ the cheapie. now my front hub was another story. shot off accross the garage and bust a hole in the wall. i was using a jaw puller/heat/ and a BFH.

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