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Old 10-22-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Pitman arm won't come off!! Help!!

This sucker is really on there!!! I'm using the typical pitman arm remover tool. Tried my impact gun at 120 psi, nothing. Tried the breaker bar with a 2 foot long cheater pipe, and I applied so much tension on it, that one of the fingers on the remover snapped off! So, far, the only thing I've accomplished is breaking two pitman arm removers. This is the stock arm, and I'm going to replace it with a drop pitman. Anyone got advice that might work?

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Old 10-22-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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Have you tried soaking it with WD-40 or similar stuff. Heat might be the final answer.

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Old 10-22-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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The only way to get a stuck arm off is put tension on it with the puller and then wack the pitman with a big hammer till it pops off. Works every time.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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I had the same problem, i tried the puller and wacking it with the hammer and it was a BFH. The right way to use the pitman arm puller is to tighten it so that its decently tight, then hit the pitman arm with a hammer in different directions to shock it. if it didnt work tighten it a little more and it should eventually come off..... well unless your me haha. I tried soaking it in pb blaster. And i tried using heat, but stopped because i didnt wanna damage the seal on the steering box. I finally just cut the sides really carefully with an angle grinder with a 4.5" cutting disk, then i changed to a 3" blade so i didnt cut the splines or steering box. When i got enough material removed i hit the pitman arm in all directions with my hammer and it finally broke off.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:08 PM   #5
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Well almost the only way, after soaking in liqued wrench for a few days, and breaking 2 pullers, we finally just cut it off...
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:00 PM   #6
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Well almost the only way, after soaking in liqued wrench for a few days, and breaking 2 pullers, we finally just cut it off...
That's what I was thinking.....break out the angle grinder with a cutoff wheel and cut away. My steering box is secured to my bench vise, so I've got plenty of room to work. You guys that cut yours, did you make just one cut, or two cuts at about 180 degrees apart?
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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I did one cut close to the splines. be carefull not to cut them. then attach the puller to whats left or knock it off with a hammer.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:29 PM   #8
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Guy on ski patrol at the local mountain with me just got done doing a lift and said the longest amount of time he spent on it was getting the pitman arm off and it took him and his brother 3 hours. These two are young and strong like bull type people. Now I wish I had asked him how he got it off. I may eventually lift mine and am paying attention to this now so that I won't have to jump blindly in later.
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BTW, that was on a 2007...relatively new pitman arm. I can't imagine the difficulty on one that has had time to age significantly.
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The only way to get a stuck arm off is put tension on it with the puller and then wack the pitman with a big hammer till it pops off. Works every time.
^ I have done this many times, bash the out of it, then hit the puller (with the impact gun) again, more hammer, then more puller....
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^ I have done this many times, bash the out of it, then hit the puller (with the impact gun) again, more hammer, then more puller....
It works.....
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SUCCESS!! As you can see, I made a long diagonal cut, getting real close to the splines, and then I whacked the cut with a cold chisel and a 3 lb. sledge, hoping to initiate a crack in the bottom of the cut. I don't know if I succeeded, but after running the impact gun on the puller, she finally broke free. Just in case I ever need to remove the new pitman arm, I'm putting Never Sieze on the splines. Thanks for the help, guys!!
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hahah nice
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cut mine as well. be sure to clean up the splines on the pump before you put the new one on.
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cut mine as well. be sure to clean up the splines on the pump before you put the new one on.
Yep, I'll hit them with a wire brush real good before coating them with anti-seize.

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