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Getting stubborn stereing arm off...Any tricks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fortcollinsram, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I am started to install my 6" lift today and began be trying to get the steering arm off the axle...The damn thing won't move...I took the 3 nuts off the top and began to pund the living daylights out of it with a hammer and an air chisel...no luck...any ideas on getting the thing off...

    Chris
     
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    8_YOUR_H2 1/2 ton status

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    Just how big of a hammer were you using? I used a 10 pound sledge. Hit down on it the first time to try and loosen the cones then go to town. It should come loose. But be careful of the studs. I hit mine and deformed them beyond repair.
     
  3. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I was using a measly 1.5lb framing hammer...I guess I will wack it tomorro with AT LEAST A 5 lb sledge

    Chris
     
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    Use a BFH. 5lb sledge.
     
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    Hit down and side to side, not up and get yerself a 'man's hammer'. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif When the cone washers come a litle loose use some needle nose pliers or whatever to pry em out. Once the washers are out the arm should come right off.

    Heat helps, so does penetrating oil (spray it now, beat on it tomorrow)

    Rene
     
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    Back the nuts off, but leave them on the studs so that the nut is protecting them. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif New nuts are WAY cheaper than new studs (and alot easier to install! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif ) I leave the nuts with about 1/4 of the threaded part above the stud and 3/4 of it threaded onto the stud. Then smack straight down between and around the studs. When you smack it just right, the cone washers will pop right up! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    If you use a torch, be careful, you'll kill your upper balljoint!
     
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    A FRIEND TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO THIS. TAKE THE NUTS OFF THEN WITH A HAMMER HIT THE ARM UP. THEN TAKE A LARGE SOCKET AND COVER THE STUDS AND USE HAMMER AND HIT THE SOCKET TO STRIKE DOWN ON THE ARM. TAKE SOME CHANNEL LOCK PLIERS AND GRAB THE CONE WASHERS. TURN THEM AS IF THEY WERE A THREADED NUT AND THEN ONCE THERE ALITTLE WAYS OUT PULL THEM THE REST OF THE WAY OFF. ONCE THEY ARE GONE THE ARM WILL COME UP WITH EASE. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    BMR 1/2 ton status

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    A 5 lbs. hammer and a can of man muscle.
     
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    a BIG FLIPPIN HAMMER and a can of whoop a$$
     
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Spray them with something.. I like break free and let them soak for a few hours..Then use your BFH...
     
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    Spray- PB Blaster then take a BFH to it. Don't hit it upwards, only side to side and down. Good luck
     
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    Yep. I was torching mine and hitting it with a 3lb. hammer and that didn't work. I eventually went to the store and got a real BFH (10lbs.). It came of with a few wacks to the side and down!!
    Good luck! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    I ended up getting it off with a 5lb sledge...but the drag link end is still in it and jack it up pretty good trying to get it out...so I said screw it and bout a new drag link end...Thaks for the help guys...

    Chris
     

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