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Steering Arm....0 - tori89k5.... 1 I WIN !!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tori89k5, Apr 20, 2001.

  1. tori89k5

    tori89k5 1/2 ton status

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    I WIN I WIN !!! Got the steering arm off my '89 tonite, was a piece of cake ! About 5 whacks with the 3lb. hammer and she was free. I am so stoked !! Only made one rookie move, and that was accidentally hitting the front stud with the hammer and mashing the top threads, but that will not be too big a deal in comparrison to time i didnt have to spend beating the crap out of the arm.
    After reading all the previous posts about what a bastard job it is to remove it... i started thinking..... This is what i did and maybe is the trick to getting these things to loosen up.
    About 2 days before the planned tear down, i began soaking the studs with penetrant, then what i did next some of you may not agree with, but i think it was the key...
    I loosened the 3 lock nuts up and left them loose, about 1/32" above the top of the steering arm. And then i drove it this way to work and back for two days. It never appeared to loosen, and since they are crimped lock nuts they wont ever just come off by themselves, then tonite.... just a few whacks with the hammer and there she was.... in my hand. Spent less than 5 mins on it ! Now the rest of the lift will be cake. Hope this will help others. Ciao, TORI


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  2. gokartergo

    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    I think you just got lucky..........LOL

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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Some are hard and some are easy...not to take anything away from you. Congrats, like you said the rest is cake[​IMG]

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  4. tori89k5

    tori89k5 1/2 ton status

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    Alright fine..... Burst my bubble.[​IMG]

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  5. gokartergo

    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry not taking anything away from you either. But you did have some good ideas. I wish I had read some of this site before I did mine.......Congrats..

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  6. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    I think a lot of it has to do with where your K5 has spent its life. In rust-free California, the arm should come off rather easily. If it lived in the rust belt, with salted roads every winter, then the undercarriage parts tend to become one giant continuous piece of iron oxide. [​IMG]

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  7. KRAZIE87K5

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    You must have a deathwish driving about with the nuts loosened!!! I'm glad it came off nicely for you... I spent 3 days on mine!

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