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Old 05-22-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Pitman Arm Nut is What Size????

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I am starting to remove my steering gear. Seems like it will be a little tight to remove without taking some other stuff like the grill and or rad off too.

Anyway, does anyone know what size the nut that secures the pitman arm is?
I don't have a socket that fits so I have to hit up the store....

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Its usually 1 5/16 on a YJ, I think the TJ's are the same

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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32 or 33mm depending on the year. Good luck getting it off, my 98 took 2 days of pb blaster soaking and 3 rounds of heat from the torch to get it off
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1.285" I just measures with my calipers.
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mine was 33mm. It came right off with an air impack wrench.The pitman arm was tuff I broke the first puller ,I just kept cranking down on it.So Then I sprayed the spline area with wd40 about 200 times cut three lawns sprayed it some more and tapped it from the top above the bumper with a long square chisel and just kept snugging up the puller bolt and it did finnally drop off.I changed the steering gear by only removing the filler panel behind the front bumper 4 bolts it says jeep on it
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UMMMM are you asking what size nuts you have.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:07 PM   #7
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Why are you removing the pitman arm? Is the power steering pump going out? You do not need a drop pitman arm until you get into the 6" lift territory.
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I'm removing the pitman arm to replace the steering box which is leaking and has considerable miles on it

So from what I can gather best guesses are a 33MM for sure or possibly a 1 5/16 SAE or 34 MM

One person here posted they actually used a 33 so thats pretty solid , (and a measurement of 1.285 would be 32.639 mm) but I also saw a video on your tube where I guy used a 34mm to remove one on a gm truck.
1 5/15 = 33.3375 mm

Since the suckers was put on with 185 ft lbs its going to be a job to break it free so the tighter the fot the better.

Now try to find one of those animals!!!! Any suggestions where I can pick up single large sized 1/2 sockets??

I also see large sizes in 3/4 but I don't really want to have to buy a whole set for 1 job....and most of the sets I see don't have the size I need..
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #9
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Sears sells individual Craftsman sockets. I know a 33mm fits but it's a little sloppy, I believe it's actually an SAE size. It's been long enough since I last had to remove one that I don't recall its exact SAE size.
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Sears sells individual Craftsman sockets. I know a 33mm fits but it's a little sloppy, I believe it's actually an SAE size. It's been long enough since I last had to remove one that I don't recall its exact SAE size.
I actually went to sears last night to try and find the monster (Craftsman..good quality but NOT cheap)

I was looking for a 1 5/16 or 33, or 34 none of which I could find there without going to a 1 5/15 3/4 drive for about $15 then ponying up another $75 for ratchets.....

If the actual size is truly 1.285" then a 33mm has to be pretty close
and a 1 5/16 would seem to me to be a sloppy choice.. but i dunnknow

IF I can find any of these monsters I hate to buy em all up and bring em home to try then have to return some..then on the pother had I don't want to bring the wring one home and have the project dead and have to make another trip
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #11
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One mechanic friend tells me he uses either a 1 5/16 or 33mm interchangeably...hmmm any way I found a 1 5/16 socket at Tractor Supply
for $6 so that's not bad if it works,, I would rather grab a 33 somewhere as it seems to me the 1 5/16 would be much sloppier..
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Did the 1 5/16 fit?
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33mm is the correct socket. Mine is well used for this exact application (it's also the same for the JK).

If you get into a bind getting the nut off, you would not want to bang on it with a hammer; however, since you are replacing your whole box.....have at it if necessary.
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Did the 1 5/16 fit?
I ended up buying the 1 5/16 x 1/2 from tractor supply for $6 ....plus a $5 1/2 to 3/4 adapter.... fit a touch sloppy but not too bad and , with a bit of kroil , a 1/2 socket wrench and 4' pipe for leverage it came off relatively easily.... whew :thumbsup:

now to remove the pitman arm......

by the way...if the pitman bolt seals were leaking slightly before they are raining now!
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Well ...F#^@**K .. you get the idea....This is your typical 2hr estimated job that is now 20 hrs plus pick up and wait time for parts..... ...1 5/16 and 4' pry bar got the nut off but taking the pitman arm off is another story.... no way Jose...broke 1 puller already...had to cut the return line off, leave the arm on, and take the intermediate steering shaft out with the steering gear to get it off ...I saw on another post somewhere the recommendation to just buy a new pitman arm for $20 ($21 @ 4WD) and save the hassles (VERY good advice) ..since the gear box has 190+ on it and when I get the arm off it might be sloppy after I get it cleaned up I decided to match a new pitman arm to the new steering box so I don't do all this work and end up with sloppy steering..oh also when I started taking it off all the sudden the steering damper starts to leak for no good reason so I guess that's getting upgraded too!!
(Good thing I like to wrench (but I prefer it when things come apart)
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Snap on puller and torch....they pop right off
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Snap on puller and torch....they pop right off

Tried map gas but no luck unfortunately no torch available to me
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I know it's been a while but these anwsers will probably find someone else looking for solutions ,so here.
On mine '98 TJ (no lift) 35mm worked just fine, was not loose or anything.
Do not worry about anything until removing pitman arm, cos brother, that sucker tends to be a bitch.Most of a time it is really ON. Before you do that however make sure to turn your steering wheel so you can access 13mm bolt securing steering column to gear box from under your jeep.Not a big deal to get it out.If you got pitman arm off, start removing bolts securing gear box to the frame.Watch it , cos it is heavy.If you are a lone wolf on this project, secure jack right under, so you can safely lower it. You will have two hoses connected to it but these are flexible to the point where after lowering box you will have clear access to it.17mm wrench I believe.Put some oil pan under to collect steering fluid,unless you sucked most of it out before hand with pump .Do not move your steering wheel or let anyone play with it.Note how pitman arm was on before so you can reinstall it as close to original position as possible.

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