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Steering arm won't come off

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by justwhatido, May 14, 2005.

  1. justwhatido

    justwhatido 1/2 ton status

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    Need to remove it and put a block under it to level it with the pittman arm.

    Removed the nuts, knocked hell out of it with a hammer. But it wouldn't break loose. Soaking it with penetrating oil.

    How to get it loose.

    Fred
     
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    gone huntin 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Plenty of PB Blaster and a BFH!!
     
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    hit down to free up cones.
     
  4. justwhatido

    justwhatido 1/2 ton status

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    Cones?

    There are what look like split washers. Are those the ends of some kind of bushing?
     
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    74757685k5 1/2 ton status

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    those are the cone shaped ??washers??.they are just sitin in there.LOL! pressed and rusted.those need to come out they arn't threaded.
     
  6. kennyw

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    Do you still have a factory arm or is it a lift arm? If you have a factory arm what you need to do is hit the sweet spot with a 5# hammer in a downward direction... The sweet spot is about in the middle of the arm at the end of the part #. That will usually get all the cone washer to break loose. Then you get them off and work off the arm. Heavy rust of course can complicate this issue though.

    If you have a lift arm I would take a similar approach but I couldnt tell you where the sweet spot is. Just hit it downward so it pry's the cone washers up.

    If you have a stock steering arm I would suggest getting a lift arm instead of putting a spacer in there. The spacer and longer studs are not the safest way to deal with this problem.
     
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    Where do I get a lift arm?

    I'm not opposed to getting one. Just couldnt find one for a 2" lift.
     
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    dont need a arm for 2" lift.
     
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    Hmm for a 2" lift I don't think you want or need to change the steering arm or use spacers. There is actually some advantage to having that slight angle on the drag link to help prevent the axle from steering when you hit a bump. I saw a post by Stephen in the ORD forum that explained it pretty good a while back.
     
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    There is a thread in the 73-91 forum on this topic. I have posted a pic of what you are taking apart.
     
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    i got a 4 inch lift on D.d. with the stock steering arm with no problems. try to use a screw driver and put it in the gap of the cones and hit the screww driver to turn the cones counter clock wise. somtimes they will catch the threads and spin out then it should pop off. thats how i did mine on my k5
     
  12. '89 bucket

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    under the nuts are tapered inserts.
    i just did this the other day
    i had to unthread them from the studs, they normally should just lift out, but the age and torque had bonded them to the studs
    timely process,,,, you have to pry it up as much as you can so you can get a pair of vice grips on the inserts and then untread each one
    your rists will be cramped...
    good luck
     

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