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Wolfgang 08-30-2010 08:12 AM

Pitman Arm change out
How hard is it to change the Pitman Arm on a 2002 Wrangler 4.0L?

Do you need to do an alignment after this?

I noticed there is a small tear in the rubber boot that holds grease. I know it is only a matter of time before it goes bad...

I also have a small tear in my DS outer tie rod end... I know I need to align after replacing it...

4Jeepn 08-30-2010 08:14 AM

just need a puller, most auto parts stores will loan you one free of charge. If you put it back in the same exact spot should not need an alignment.

Wolfgang 08-30-2010 08:26 AM

Old style were tapered and had to be pressed on... don't need that for this one?

mrcarcrazy 08-30-2010 08:37 AM

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puller to remove it. add penetrating oil, as it never hurts. An impact wrench to get it back on

I've replaced pitman arms on tons of vehicles and never needed a press.

Jerry Bransford 08-30-2010 08:39 AM

Why do you believe you need a new Pitman arm?

Hopefully not simply from that split grease boot problem. If you're thinking you need a dropped Pitman arm, you likely don't and if you don't actually need one, installing a dropped Pitman arm will just cause bump steer... a steering problem you don't want.

Wolfgang 08-30-2010 08:42 AM

Yes because of the split boot. I wasn't going to replace now. I'm just foreseeing an issue down the road and figured I'd ask (because it is fresh on my mind since I just noticed it Saturday).

What is a DROPPED pitman arm? Sorry, not familiar with the term.... is that for someone who lifts the vehicel (as in lift-kit)?

Jerry Bransford 08-30-2010 08:53 AM

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A split boot is no reason to feel you will need a new Pitman arm in the future, you can relax about your split boots. Most TJs on the road probably have split grease boots on them.

A dropped Pitman arm just has more of a height difference between where it is attached to the steering box and to the drag link. Some people incorrectly think they are needed any time a suspension lift is installed which is not true where the Wrangler TJ is concerned.

The below photo shows a dropped Pitman arm from the side.

mrcarcrazy 08-30-2010 08:57 AM

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Jerry is still correct on the split boot. its not a huge deal, if it bugs you replace the boot.

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