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I Got the Steering arm off!!! [PICS]

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KRAZIE87K5, Apr 10, 2001.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Thank God! I had to use a 10lb sledge!

    After a few minutes of full-out-swings, the arm started to move. I had hit it so hard that I crushed one of the cones in the arm itself! Thank god it moved far enough up to allow the arm to be removed!

    See the new arm here!
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  2. Twiz

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    Finaly! Those suckas can be tuff! Sometimes you have to get alittle ugly with 'em.

    Twiztid
     
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    <font color=blue>The good part is now that you got it off, it will be easy to do in the future. I put my lift on in january 99 and it took 3 of us 4 hrs to get that f#$%^ing thing off! This fall when I swapped in the 8 lug 44, it came off with 3 whacks of the BFH. </font color=blue>

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  5. Waxer

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    So to take it off you remove the 3 nuts obviously, but do you have to do anything to the conical washers before you start whacking it with the BFH? Thanks
     
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    Yikes! Here we go again!

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    Do NOTHING to the washers except to spray them with penetrating spray. You cannot do anything without damaging them, you need to reuse these pieces, unless you have some new ones from GM. Just beat the living sh!t out of the steering arm and pray it dont take forever to get loose. Also, like everyone else says, use that BFH!!! LOL [​IMG]
     
  8. 90STYLE

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    I got so frustrated with mine i just left the bastard on there and ordered a drop drag link.
     
  9. Espen88k5

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    Thats great, congrats!!
    I see by the batle-ground picture that there has been blood-sheding invalved to. (or is that rust-blaster) . Can you still re use the cone that got crushed?

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    Someone needs to do a write up on this....

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    It took me 3 hours to get mine off with the use of wd-40, not to mention the neighbors got a little tired of the noise, but it gave way

    Will
     
  12. KRAZIE87K5

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    In thanks to everyone who helped volunteer their experiences, I will make a write-up on this, and post it on my site. I have some of the before pics too I think... If not I'll go snap a few pics of the neighbors stock Blazer!

    Anyhow folks, please check my site for the write-up. I will try to get it completed within the next few days! Thanks again to everyone for the assistance... [​IMG]

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    O.K. everyone has been telling me that the steering arm will need a BFH. I have not replaced mine yet but tell me. What is the trick? I don't want to spend 3 or more hours trying to get this thing off. That's half the time it took me to put my entire lift on. 3 nuts...or are they cones...and a castlated nut that connects to the drag link right? Come on...is it that hard? Keep in mind...I've not yet attempted this.

    1990 GMC Jimmy 350/TH700R4/NP241/10 bolts, 4" skyjacker lift, 35x12.50R15 BFG All Terrains on 15x10 AR Baja's, Flowmasters.
     
  14. JST12

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    Yup, it's hard to get off. If you haven't tried, I'd recommend it. You know, suffering builds character. I have a bunch of character now and still the %^$#$ thing won't break loose. I've tried the air chisel under it, the BFH on the arm, etc... Next is a bigger BFSledgeH and a torch. I WILL win this war.
     
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    Hi everyone, Been a dealer "wrench" for a long time. ALWAYS get those Chevy pitman arms off. 1st, Alot of auto parts rent the pullers. Try those. If you can't, then get yourself some good penatating oil (not wd40.) Start putting on a week ahead of time. Or the night before you are going to do it. it MAKES a differance. If your seals are leaking, the much better. Leave the nut on the bottom threads,(to protect them against hammer blows.) Start by Tapping around the outside of the pitman arm. Have someone keep doing this while you drive down on the arm (do not hit in one spot, turn the wheel.) It WILL come off! And it will not take all that much effort. The most important thing is PATAINCE! GOPHERKILLER
     
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    hmm well they arent the "Pitman" arms. Those pitmans are cake to get off. We are referring to the steering arm on the knuckle.
     
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    We generaly laugh in the face of pitman-arms[​IMG] !!

    But the devils favoritt plaything; the steeringarm is the only thing that can truly brake our spirit[​IMG]
    I call this picture "Victory"

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  18. KRAZIE87K5

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    lehtola: "...IS IT THAT HARD?..."

    HAH! is it that hard... do you think would have whined and complained to the poor folks on this page for 3 days straight if the arm was easy to remove? I literally broke my Craftsman 48ounce fiberglass-handled hammer attempting this! That is when I went back to Sears and bougt the BFSledgeHammer. You WILL have to spend some time on this one. I tried chisels, I hit the damn thing with every type of tool I have. No air-hammer could have touched this. Only after 2 previous days of beating on this thing, did it decide to pop out with the aid of my trusty new BFH!!!!

    For anyone looking for the write-up, I will post it to my site, and then I will notify everyone thru this post. Thanks again for everyone's help!

    Is it that hard.... !!!!! [​IMG]

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    Sorry Guys, thought you were talking about pitman arms. Must be these "crappy" old eyes of mine. I still profess lots of GOOD penetrating oil, and pataince. Try to get the little cones out 1st, things will be easier. Hell, you want to bitch about crappy front end stuff, ever drive out those king pins on the old Chevy pick ups? Talk about blood blisters! Good Luck! GOPHERKILLER
     
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    Here is my version of the "VICTORY" pictures:
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    I love this country!!! One one stud, cone, and nut made it thru this. The other two which were fatally injured during the knuckle extraction, are pictured here.

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