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davidaker 05-26-2010 12:53 PM

Pitman arm removal?
I recently bought a 95 WJ and the steering gear has a lot of slop. I bought a new gear box and went to put it on, and I have not been able to remove the Pitman arm. I did get a Pitman tool and it had a place for a 3/8 inch socket wrench which twisted off and broke. I will return the tool but need advice on how to remove the arm. Many thanks,

Schmo 05-26-2010 01:24 PM

Hopefully you just got a bad puller and the next one will do the trick. Spraying it with PB blaster and tapping it with a hammer to help the PB work its way in there wouldn't hurt either over a couple of days just to loosen everthing up.

Screwjack 05-26-2010 07:59 PM

Pulling a pitman arm is one of those things that takes massive amounts of patience and waiting. Go ahead and spray it down with PB Blaster (that stuff is amazing, you can get it at your auto parts store). When you get a new pitman arm remover (you should be able to borrow one from Autozone) go ahead and put it on there as tight as you can (I used a torque wrench for the extra leverage) and spray it down with PB again. Then, when I did it, I hung a drop light off the arm to heat it up a bit. Leave it all like that and every so often go out and turn the wratchet as much as you can and leave it a while longer. Schmo suggested, whack it with a hammer a bit as well. After about a day of leaving the puller on there keeping constant pressure on the arm you should be able to go to work on it again, whacking it with the hammer and pushing and pulling on the wratched as hard as you can until it pops off. By the way, be careful you aren't in the way when it comes off, it can pop pretty fast.

scrambler1 05-26-2010 08:16 PM

Or just cut a slice in it with a cut off wheel. Then just pop it off with a hammer.
Unless you plan on re-using one day?;)

Schmo 05-26-2010 08:28 PM


Originally Posted by scrambler1 (Post 635510)
Or just cut a slice in it with a cut off wheel. Then just pop it off with a hammer.
Unless you plan on re-using one day?;)

I like your approach scrambler!!! Chop it and be done with it . . . muhahaha:firedevil:

hannahuffster 05-26-2010 08:53 PM

I have a good puller I use impact on. Never had any problem...

Abomination93 05-26-2010 09:13 PM

just buy a new one. i had a guy at a chrysler dealer break his $200 puller on mine thats when i said screw this im buying new.

MR.CLIFFORD 05-26-2010 09:22 PM

So much bad advice in this thread.

Pitman arm pullers are not designed to work the pitman arm off by force. It puts pressure on the pitman arm and you relieve the pressure with a big freakin hammer.

Add more pressure by tightening the puller

Relieve pressure by smacking the pitman arm with a hammer

Until it pops off.

The 8 dollar pitman arm pullers at Auto Zone work amazingly well when you know how to use them.

davidaker 05-26-2010 09:39 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice, I'm off to get some PB blaster and a new Pitman tool.
Kind regards,

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