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Old 03-27-2016, 04:52 PM
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Pitman arm won't go on all the way?

Hey guys, just got done swapping out the drop pitman arm the PO installed, put a stock one on and it didn't slide up nearly as far as the one I took off. I have that sucker cranked on too.
Is that going to be fine?




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Same thing happened to me when replacing my drop Pittman arm with a stock one. Before tightening I made sure to clean the splines and then tapped it on with a rubber mallet. Then went ahead and torqued. It was still not as far but I've put almost 5000 miles since then and haven't had any issues. I've re-torqued twice to make sure and it was still tight.

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I use an air impact wrench on nuts like that. The sudden instant energy exerted by the impact wrench can often loosen or tighten nuts like that where other methods like breaker bars or a standard ratchet wrench fail.

Stop by an automotive shop and have them hit it with their impact wrench.
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It's a tapered fit, torque it to proper spec and that's it. This is not something I would just crank on with a wrench or impact and hope for the best.
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It's a tapered fit, torque it to proper spec and that's it. This is not something I would just crank on with a wrench or impact and hope for the best.
Not just anyone can be handed an impact wrench and be expected to be able to properly install the Pitman arm nut to the right tightness. But neither is it anything a mechanic would hesitate doing. Just a little personal experience would change most anyone's contrary opinion on this.
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