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Steering arm removal

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Nov 16, 2000.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, I know there was a post on this back in MArch sometime. But I was wanting to know if anyone has come up with a new/better way for the shadetree mechanic to get this damn thing off? I need to get what ever tools or gadgets I need to do this lift install "before" I tear the beast apart.

    Don't you buy no ugly truck!
     
  2. reddog64

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    You need a special tool to get eh steeering arm off??
    Um....
    I didnt know this...
    I'd like to know this too...

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
  3. ken

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    Big frigging sledgehammer! A short handled 2-3 pounder will do. Also, squirt that thing down with WD-40 or something similar about a week before you're gonna take it off...that really helps alot.

    ken
     
  4. ftn96

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    Well, no not really a special tool. But something other than Beating the piss out of it with a hammer and praying that it comes off. I'm looking for something a little more enginuative.

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    Blow torch[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    It's really no biggie, just a lot of whacking with the hammer. Hit DOWN on the arm. See, there's these little cone washers holding it in place. If you hit up on the thing, it'll just seat the washers more firmly. Just keep slamming your 3-5 lb hammer down on the arm until the washers work free. A spray lubricant may also help. HTH

    bryan

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    I Like the bigger hammer idea...
    Blow tourch sounds fun too...

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
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    While the blow torch does sound most interesting, I don't thinh the WD-40 adn the blow torch will mix too well. All though, (brain storm, hehehe) WD-40/liquid wrench and then the torch and burn that F**Ker off. LOL!!! What do you'll think?

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    What are these cone washers made of? Does the new arm come with new ones or do I need to re-use the old ones that I want to burn off? LOL!

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    cone washers are steel and my new one didn't come with new washers. But yours may. Might want to ask that question.

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    Durant, Ok
     
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    Hopefully....I will get to remove two of these in the next few weeks...and I am encouraged that some poundin and juice should get it done...

    rezalB

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    Use two hammers. A two pound ball-peen and a four or five pound sledge. Put the ball between the studs and give er a good whack! Took me about 4 hits total.

    P.S. DON'T HIT THE STUDS[​IMG]

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    Okay i am assuming that everyone's may come off easier or harder. Personally i beat the ass out of mine with everything i could find, 3 lb, 5,lb and an air hammer. None of these budged it. I finally got out the torch, heated it up till it was glowing read and hit it 3 times and it popped off. So my theory, use heat!!!!

    Doug Krebs
     
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    BFH!!!!

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    I hit up on mine from the bottom and that worked. I reused the cone washers. Once I got the thing a little loose from whacking on it I was able to back off the cone washers as though they were threaded, once they were off that was it.

    Topless73
     
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    i don't know that i could add too much more to this except that you WILL need a lot of gas in your torch!!!.. cast iron is a bear to get hot and keep hot so make sure it's cherry and then work fast....having a friend to help is a good idea!!!! one to keep it hot and the other to whack it!!!! MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU DO NOT HIT OR BEND THE STUDS!!!!!!! if you do you will have to have a machine shop take them out and put new ones in..trust me i've done it[​IMG]

    ANYBODY LOSE THEIR JEEP????????[​IMG]
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    Fire...hammer...fire...hammer...fire...hammer...fire

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    Boy you guys and your use of force make me laugh! Just take off that big nut, (or bolt) that's holding the pitman arm on, and go ahead and drive it around for a week or so! It will come off.
     
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    BMF hammer. Hammer-originally designed as a weapon of war. Used now mostly as a divining rod to locate expensive parts close to where you are trying to hit.
    Get new cones and new nuts. Torque them to 90 foot pounds when you put the new arm on. When I took my arm off, I left the right tire on the ground, took the left tire off, then knocked the tie rod off. Shot the studs and cones with liquid wrench, let it soak for a day then hit it with a BMF hammer. I hit the top, then the sides and after about the third series, a gap started between the knuckle and the arm. I inserted a small wedge and started again. Took about 5 minutes. So if you don't have a BMF hammer (5 pound class), that would be, as a minimum, the only special tool you'll need.
     

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