If not it's just going to fall out. It took me all of an hour to replace that and the idler arm, and they both had over 200K miles on them. You just drive it between the idler arm and tie rod after removing castle nut and cotter pen. I have not noticed and problem with the way it drives myself. I could replace them next month unless ya'll direct more customers to me , or I could wait until the fall, before plowing season. Use the hammer to get it on there enough then put the original washer and nut back on.
Moog parts are great and if you buy it from a reputable parts store you will never need to buy one again as they have a lifetime warranty. The Pitman arm is attached to the power steering pump, which is connected to your steering shaft, which is the long rod looking thing to the right of the engine, the idler arm is to the left of the pitman arm attached to the fram, it basically looks like a strip of metal bolted to the fram that is c … onnected to your shaft that is also connced to the pitman arm To change your pitman arm, remove the arm from the center ling with, remove the power steering pump from the frame, take the steering shaft out of the power steering pump, take off the nut that hold the pitman arm on should be 34mm , separate the arm from the splines on the pump, and reverse the pr … ocedure to install the new arm. Now when you move your tires, I'm just grabbing hold of the tires and kind of turning them back and forth when the car is above the ground and you can see there is a lot of play and movement going on around that Pitman arm. I just realized i had removed my skid plates prior so you might have to remove those as well. To check and see if you have a bad Pitman arm you can see where this front driver's side tire we're going up and under. Didn't have to disconnect the steering shaft or any power steering lines.
If you want to see, obviously, reinstalling the Pitman arm go please to part two. Lift wiper arm so that it is at about a 90 degree to the windshield. Now, you're going to want to use your Pitman arm puller. Apr 08, 2010 Take the bolts out that attach the steering box to the frame and pivot the box so you can fit the puller on. Here's the bottom of it.
Install the Pitman on the steering shaft making sure to line up the splines and at the same time insert the tapered bolt in the centerlink. You have what is known as a hanger bearing in the center. I don't see why you couldn't use the puller to get it off the steering shaft with it on the truck. When you do it id recommend buying the pitman arm puller simply because rental tools are always bitched up and never quite work right. I have special tools I made long ago to do that but the trick is to be careful not to get the seal too far in on any one side and to not damage it in any way. Didn't have to disconnect the steering shaft or any power steering lines. Assuming U know 2 how 2 get 2 those 2 steps.
Tighten up loose play after install. Mine was just a 15mm nut. If that doesn't work and you are really stressing the puller, give up. Hopefully you have any problems. . Don't forget to top off your power steering fluid as well.
You will probably want to get the alignment checked after replacing the idlers. Jun 25, 2010 you don't have to remove the steering box to do a pitman arm. Not a job for a shade tree mechanic without the proper tools. Ive had more than a few sets of tires ruined because I was too lazy to change parts I knew were starting to go. Id say maybe its going and not quite shot yet, if it isnt making noises and your steering feels fine. Expenses but worth the price if it last for a long time.
The procedure is too lengthy to spell out here and the manual gives photo too I have mine in front of me as I write. Not to mention there not overly expensive and who needs an excuse to buy more tools? Now remove the hanger bearing and the front shaft should slide rearward as well. I believe they make two different ones for our trucks one with 3 and one with 4 master splines. Pull out your 32mm socket and impact away til tight. U have 2 remove the fan shroud and fan clutch. Signs of this are your steering wheel moving 2 inches or more from side to side without turning the wheels at all, front end shimmy that can't be attributed to out-of-balance wheels, or lurches to the left or right when you go over a bump. You can't fit the pitman arm puller on the pitman arm with it in place, it will hit the frame and you can't get a wrench on it.
However there is a trick to it. You do need to make sure you get an open puller like in the first picture not an enclosed one like the second picture so that you have access to hit the pitman arm with a hammer. So i completely removed my steering box. Then had to cut the arm off with a grinder because my puller couldn't do the job. I'm just saying, if you have to ask, don't do it yourself. So, it's a 21-mm bolt.
There should be a little lever. If the pitman arm wears out, you'll have sloppy steering, which can be dangerous. Man I wish i took a video when me and a buddy did mine took us two days and three hours each night. Then, take out an impact gun and impact away. I went to have a tire patched that had a nail in it passenger side rear. If you need to, apply heat strategically to the pitman arm itself, but take care not to burn up anything.
Leave the steering shaft and power steering hoses attached. Use a cutoff wheel to cut a slot in the pitman arm, as deep as possible without hitting the splines, then using a chisel, crack the pitman arm, and it should fall right off. U do use gasket sealant. Use a cutoff wheel to cut a slot in the pitman arm, as deep as possible without hitting the splines, then using a chisel, crack the pitman arm, and it should fall right off. The ratings and reviews for these Chevrolet Pitman Arm aftermarket parts really help you make the right decision. Take the steering box off to change a pitman arm? Put the steering box here, upside down, once again just so any more fluids just drain out into the pan.