Sooooo. I finally did work on the jeep without supervision and it would seem that I did it right. With the new found confidence I am wanting to check out other things. So any help would be appreciated.
1. I still need to change my actual steering box. I've read that I need a special tool to take the pitman arm off. The problem is I don't have nor really even know where I can get one. What's it called and where could I get one? Also my understanding is that it's mainly bolting it on plus attaching some hoses. Is there anything special that I'm supposed to do prior to bolting it on?
2. I believe the clock spring is gone on the jeep. I'm very hesitant to take off the steering wheel. Any advise would be huge.
3. It seems that my back left shock is still rubbing against the top front corner of my gas tank. It only happens if I take a sharp right turn. But it's something I want to get fixed.
I wanted to learn how to maintain and work on my jeep and I'm pretty stoked that I'm doing it.
be careful w/that pitman arm and have an acetaline torch near by to heat it up if need be. We ended up braking a nice MATCO puller, then the second puller broke and shot a bolt across the garage like a bullet. Eventually with another puller, a little patience and a lot of heat we were able to get it off.
As well, the new pitman arms take a few to wear into the splines. 50-100 miles or so after installing it, re-torque it and make sure the pitman arm does not rock on the splines. If it rocks on the splines after driving for awhile then pull the nut, add a big washer and re-torque it. Loose pitmans are a big cause for steering wheel play back and forth before grabbing.
give it a shot for sure, you can use your old pitman arm. I just know they can be a bugger to get off sometimes. Heck, if its that bad you can always toss it with the steering box and get a new pitman for the new box.
It looks fine. Ed and I put these shocks on under six months ago. I guess I'm not understanding this. I feel like the shock is fine. It's just rubbing. So would what you suggested just slightly relocate the shock?
Pitman Arm: The day before you go to remove it, spray liberal amounts of PB Blaster on it. As you are removing it with the puller tool (available for rent from many auto parts stores) strike the pitman arm with a hammer on the steering blox flange end. This will help free it if it is sticking to the shaft.
Rear Shock: You might want to check to see if your rear axle is still centered under the jeep. Over time springs settle and when that happens the rear trackbar will have to be adjusted to re-center the axle and get everything to line up again. If your axle is off center, it can cause parts to rub that would not otherwise be close to each other. You should fix the rubbing issue ASAP because it would be easy to rupture your fuel tank.
2013 JKU Rubi, Minor Mods: Sheldon
1974 CJ-6, 1-tons, 40's, 401 V-8, TH400, and lots of stuff: Panthro
I'm on vacation next week so was hoping to do work on the jeep mon-weds. However I'm starting to lean towards the idea of having a shop do the work while the wife and I are in Cali thurs-Monday. Still super hesitant on doing the work unsupervised.
Although on the bright side the wobble is completely gone and no steering stabilizer.