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removing steering arm

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by chevycanada, Jun 7, 2002.

  1. chevycanada

    chevycanada Registered Member

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    how the heck do you get the darn steering arm off? i am puttin in a 4" and need to get the arm off so i can put the raised one on. is there any tricks or special tools i can use to get it off? i've tried heating it, soaking it in penetrating liquid, air hammer and a sledge.
    please help. any info appreciated
    thanks trevor
     
  2. Blazinaire

    Blazinaire 1/2 ton status

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    keep pounding. Do a search on this, most will say just keep pounding. I have heard (never tried) that you can back off the 3 nuts untill they are barely hanging on and drive the truck around for a while (doesn't sound very safe if ya ask me). There is a special tool to remove the cone washers but you will have to do a search to find it.
     
  3. Chaz88K5

    Chaz88K5 1/2 ton status

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    when you heat up the arm you need to heat around the cone washers but try to keep the heat off the washer its self..then go to town and beat the living crap out of it with the biggest hammer you can find...it will take a beading but it will come off..took about 3 hours to get mine off
     
  4. 85chevy4x4

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    When I installed my 6" lift I soaked my steering arm in wd-40 and some other penetrating oil overnight. I had the axle completely out of the truck when I went to remove the arm. Hit as clos as you can to the cone washers without hitting the studs. They make cone washer pliers that they sell at napa auto parts for about 10 bucks. I have never tried these but have heard they work well. It only took me about 10 good hits with a 4lb sledge to get mine off.
     
  5. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    use a BFH, my 6lb sledge did the job just fine.
     
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    BozoWise 1/2 ton status

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    What part of the arm are you guys beating on? Around the studs or towards the link hole?

    What about sliding a piece of pipe over the arm and using that as a lever to pry with?
     
  7. 70~K5

    70~K5 1/2 ton status

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    You need to hit up on the arm then take a punch and drive it back down till you get the cone washers off. If you just drive up on the arm the cones keep getting tighter and hold more. They use cones like those on big rig rear axle to hold the center axle to the hub. You take them out by hitting the center of the axle shaft with a sledge to take the strain off the cones.
     

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