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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by LAXandBLAZERS, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. LAXandBLAZERS

    LAXandBLAZERS 1/2 ton status

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    someone please tell me how to pull off the stock steering arm. I cant get the thing off. I heard that there are cone washers down in there but I cant get them out either. Someone please help me. Does anyone know where I can get the cone washers that fit in the three holes in the steering arm? Part number maybe?
     
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Spray them with wd-40 or something like it and use a big sledge hammer.. Pound it a few times from the top and bottom.. The cone nuts will pop out...
     
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    <font color="green"> Yup, pound on it, then pound on it, then pound on it some more. When you're done with that, pound on it again. It took about 5 sessions over the course of an hour of pounding and hosing it down with liquid wrench to get the one off of my truck, and it had only been on for 2 years. Tap it all over from different angles too, to help the liquid wrench/PB Blaster/whatever work down into the cones.</font color>
     
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    If you have a MAPP gas torch or any way to heat it up, it should pop right off after a few good whacks. Soak it in a penetrant spray for about an hour before doing it, try something taflon based and then heat it up good and hot (the hotter the better, just don't melt it) and it will come right off.
     
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    Thanks all. I will try these things this weekend. Thanks agian for all the help.
     
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    Don't hit up on the arm either, that will just seat the washers even more. Pound down and side to side, the bigger the hammer the better.

    Rene
     
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    Some of these can be a real PITA. I have removed one almost by hand (and it looked original), some I have had to soak real good with PB blaster and/or heat, then take a BFH (the bigger the better), and I had one that would not come loose at ALL. I ended up jacking the truck up by the arm, running the arm with the nuts loose for a couple days and pounding it, whacking it with the biggest things I could find, and ended up having to call my Uncle and have him torch it off (ruined two studs in the process, but the good news is GM still $ell$ them).
    Hopefully you will be able to get yours off by pre SOAKING them with a penetrating spray, a BFH, and some patience.
    Good Luck!
     
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    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Definately soak down with penetrating spray. Huge friggen hammer (mine was 3 lb sledge), also a ball joint seperator (pickle fork) Helped me out. Good luck and watch your language!! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    I had to torch mine off , it just wouldn't budge. If you do have to torch it off , take your time it's not that hard. good luck.
     
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    My local shop man said that he ccould olny tourch off the pitman arm.
     
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    <font color="green"> Why are you sending this to the top? I assume it's still not off, but I think that you've got all the advise to be given on this... If you aren't soaking the cones in PB blaster or Liquid Wrench every night, do it for a few days, keep it wet with it, then try again. Get a bigger hammer, hit it harder, whatever you need to do. It will come off, it's just a matter of beating it into submission... </font color>
     
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    GM still sells the cone washers.
     
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    i recommend PB Blaster

    badass stuff

    Later
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    i recommend PB Blaster...

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    amen.
     
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    Mine had been on from 74 till about 95 and would not budge at all. I took a sawzall and cut the studs flush with the tops of the cones, Center punched each stud and drilled them out with a 1/2" bit down approx. 1" the cones then popped right out and the arm came off. Unscrewed the studs installed new ones with new cones and I was back on my way. Glad I did it to cause the cancer monster was hard at work on the old studs. ORD sells the cones and studs by the way.
     
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    i see youve been down my road before...

    Later
     
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    A big F N hammer. It took me two hours tag teaming with a fellow 200plus pounder to get the locking wedge high enough to get a pair of vice grips on. Carefull not to nail the studs and hammering up will only put them back on.
     

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