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Steering arm help???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by gaine7, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. gaine7

    gaine7 Registered Member

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    I am trying to remove the original steering arm. I got the the nuts loose with no problem, I just need to figure out how to get the link and arm off. The drag link? has the two greaseable ends, and the bolt that goes through the steering arm is pretty tight. ANY SUGGESTIONS???? email me gaine7@hotmail.com or post here thanks

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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    [​IMG] LMAO!!!

    Those can be a PITA!!! [​IMG]

    If you do a search, you will find everybody's answer pretty much the same as the next person.........use a BFH!!! [​IMG]


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    Actually Wes there's a combo of two things [​IMG] a BFH (pm me if you want an explanation) and a Torch [​IMG] Works quite well.

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    go to sears and get a 10 lb sledge hammer. i broke a 18 ounce craftsman dead blow, and then got the sledge (BFH). it came off in a matter 10 hits at that point. good luck!

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    Can't you just go down to Autozone and rent one of their forks, making sure you don't destroy the rubber dust cap when you insert the fork? The forks are for tie rod ends.
     
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    Forks won't do a thing for a steering arm removal. BFH!

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  7. gaine7

    gaine7 Registered Member

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    Thanks people, I used the BFH a few times but wasn't sure if I should hit the tie rod end that hard. I know I called it a drag link, but whatever, still a 9 year rookie mechanic. I have the fork and was trying to seperate the dust boot from the end of the steering arm. Where is my point of contact for my BFH?(the BFH is a 3lbs. lump hammer and it wont break, it's older than I am 25+) I am just afraid to damage the tie rod or the threaded end of the bolt where the king nut came off. Thanks again

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    I got mine off hammering the crap out of the fork, but if that's not working, hit the front of the knuckle, where the joint bolts in. That'll distort the eye for a split second, and hopefully the tie-rod'll drop right out. If that doesn't work, put the nut back on upside down, screw it down so there's only a thread or two not on, and hit that. One or two hits should break it free, then you can unscrew the nut and drop the rod out. As for the arm, I've never done it myself, but I've heard it's a pretty rotten job.... I'll probably be doing it soon too...

    Good luck with it!

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  9. purple89jimmy

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    I just did the same thing. First, if you are talking about the drag link (goes between your sterring box and steering arm), then put the fork inbetween the deag link and steering arm and beat the crap out of the end of the fork until you wedge it out of its socket. If you are talking about the tie rod (goes from one wheel to the other) you dont need to remove it for anything.
    To get the steering arm off: saturate the cone washers with Blaster or other penetrating lube every day for a couple of days, then beat DOWN on the steering arm to loosen the tapered washers. Once they start popping up you can take them out and the steering arm will come right off. Dont hit UP on the arm or you will just be wedging it into the cone washers even more. Heat on the steering arm will help tremendously, but I didn't have a torch. Good luck, it is a great feeling of satisfaction when that SOB comes off.
     
  10. gaine7

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    Got it off thanks guys.....

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