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steering arm removal

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by K5Chris, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. K5Chris

    K5Chris 1/2 ton status

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    i know this has been covered before, i even searched with no luck. how the heck do i get the steering arm off. i kmnow they have cone seat washers, and to beat on the studs. i beat the snot outta those studs and it wont budge at all.
     
  2. justhorsinaround

    justhorsinaround 3/4 ton status

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    The guy I got my raised steering arm from jacked that wheel up and put a two by four straight up and down under the arm and let the weight of the truck pry it loose.

    I apparently got lucky cuz on account I just took my mini sledge to it for a few minutes and mine popped right off. I hit it left, right, up and down and it finally let go.
     
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    Took a lot of hits with the mini sledge to get my old rusted one off
     
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    DON'T beat the studs! Just pound DOWN on each end for a bit with a BFH and it'll come loose. Once the cone washers come up a "smidge", you can tap them out with a screwdriver (taping to spin them out). DON'T beat on the studs, it does nothing.
     
  5. tRustyK5

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    Don't hit it upwards, downwards and side to side is fine though. Leave the nuts on the studs protecting the threads though. Then as the cone washers loosen you can spin them out using pliers or a screwdriver and a hammer. They thread out...

    Even the nastiest steering arm shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. I did my friends and had the steering arm off in under 3 minutes.

    Rene
     
  6. big83chevy4x4

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    Even the nastiest steering arm shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

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    wanna come do mine and a friends? i have beaten on it for about 15 minutes and it didn't even budge. in my experiance, here is michigan it takes about 30 minutes of beating on it with a 5# mini sledge it will move. i have had one come off in about 10 minutes though, that one was easy.
     
  7. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    wanna come do mine and a friends? i have beaten on it for about 15 minutes and it didn't even budge. in my experiance, here is michigan it takes about 30 minutes of beating on it with a 5# mini sledge it will move. i have had one come off in about 10 minutes though, that one was easy.

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    I hear ya, it took me about 45min and about 6 beers to get mine off. I LOVE MICHIGAN!!!
     
  8. 88Silverado

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    Try This....Several people (including me) have had good luck with this method.

    On the top of the steering arm, near the drag link end, theres some numbers stamped there. Take a small sledge (3-5 pound) and hit the arm right on those numbers!!

    That should pop the cones up.

    Good luck /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Once you pop the cones then its clear sailing!
     
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    Hmmmm..... maybe I'll give that steering arm on my new front end another try now that I know a bit more.... Thanks guys!
     
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    all you have to do is undo the tie rod then hit the steering arm on the bottom a few times and it should pop right off, I have done 3 like this with no problems at all /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Has anyone tried an air hammer? A little vibration usually goes a long way.
     
  13. K5Chris

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    i actually had to pull off 2. the raised arm was on a donar axle.... anyways..... it actually wasnt too bad. i just used my big ball peen which isnt but 2 pounds or so only took about 5 minutes, i just had to find the sweet spot.
     
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    Easiest way is to loosen the nuts just a tad, then drive around the block then it will come right off. Do this as the first stage of the lift and you won't have to swing a hammer once! /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    I used a propane torch and heated the cone areas and banged the steering arm and it came off alot easier the just pounding away.
     
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    Has anyone tried an air hammer? A little vibration usually goes a long way.


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    I did didn't really help much. Then again it wasn't a big air hammer either
     
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    I usually just beat on the number stamped on the steering arm until the cone washers start to pop up. On the steering arms that I have removed, the washers threaded themselves to the studs, so I used a pair of vice grips to unscrew the washers. This method has worked good for me.
    -Harrison
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Has anyone tried an air hammer? A little vibration usually goes a long way.

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    yup, worked great... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif just need a quality air hammer, no cheap Wal Mart tools here. preferably a long barrel too. i used a Matco RL-910A
     
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    what bit did you use and where did you put it?
     
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    I've used an air hammer with good results:
    1) Take a blunt tip and hammer down on the steering arm around the studs...this helps break the cones out.
    2) Use the chisel bit between the arm and knuckle...this helps pry.

    I've found that #1 is the most helpful. Use a combination of PB Blaster, the blunt-tipped air hammer, and a BFH, and the time to get the steering arm off will be cut in half.
     

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