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steering arm removal.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by colbystephens, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    ok. how do you remove the steering arm when it has decided that it doesn't want to be removed? how can i "persuade" it to come off? i doused it in wd-40 and pryed and hammered and it wouldn't come off the studs. i think i'm going to toss a match on it next and see what happens to the wd-40. someone send me a camera and i'll tape it. anyway - how do you get that thing off???? thanks.
     
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    2wd or 4wd box ? Most of the time the arm on 4wd boxes just falls off when you loosen the nut all the way off the bolt , and actually remove the bolt from its slot in the shaft :thumb:

    ahhh on the axle itself , BFH works well
     
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    mouse 1/2 ton status

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    If you're talking a 10 bolt or d44 arm on the steering knuckle, use a bfh, pound on each side, then up.
     
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    The ones I removed, I found the easiest way was to hit down on the "U" part of the arm with a BFH. It took a few hits and then popped off. :D

    Rick
     
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    they make a pully for that
     
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    Chaddy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Ive taken off plenty, and yes they can take a minute or 2 but I have found the best way is to heat it up with a torch and use a big hammer.
     
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    Cone pliers are yer freind.
    Smack one end till it starts to raise up and smack it back down, pluck out the cones and remove the arm.
    The longest it has taken me to get an arm off is 10 minutes and that was on a rig that had been on the coast.
     
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    We have a winner!

    Torch that sucker and expand the metal and bash that arm off.
     
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    I didn't understand the cone plier method. Looked at "cone pliers", jaws with lots of leverage. I stopped at that same point too, couldn't get the arm to let go, this truck had boatramp duty. If you get the cones, you'll need them, they are lead. When I get back to it, I figure to drill to relieve preload.
     
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    well, i don't have access to a torch, and i have no clue what cone pliers are, but, on a positive note, i can get a big a$$ hammer! i'll try that. someone want to explain the cone plier thing to me?
     
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    I tried MAPP-gas temp. and loading the truck weight on it, no go.
     
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    oxyacetylene is the only way.
     
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    Got it, it loosens the lead. That sounds like the answer Colby, either drill it hobby style, or soften the lead like a shop would.:bow:
     
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    i had the same thing happen to me the arm wouldnt come off so i whent from the steering box an put on a drop down on
     
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    i tried heat an all i put a 4inc drop down on for better steering
     
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    sorry dude, i just don't understand. what would i be drilling? what is softening the lead? - by the way, who wants to ride in my truck when i'm done building it and ask questions like this?:wink1: i bet it will go really fast.
     
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    Once the cones are unseated you will see that they are split, the pliers have a wedge that expands the cone and they pull right out.
    I use them all the time at work on semi drive axles, some have 8 of those suckers under the nuts and ya have to pop em out by smacking the axle flange with a 20lb hammer.
    OTC tools makes em, I got mine at NAPA for $10
    If ya can't find any localy swing by the shop and I'll sell ya mine and pick up another set, all the tool trucks carry them.
     
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    i tried to use heat an had to replace balljoints not the best way to go
     
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    another stupid question - the studs ar supposed to come out of the arm? what holds the arm to the knuckle?
     
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    3 bolts
     

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