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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Pitman Frustration

Well, pitman arm is in need of replacement and after calling a half dozen repair shops I was getting frustrated...

Apparently not one of these shops had access to a pitman arm because their distributors listed them as non-servicable!

Well, I was forced to call the local dealership and I guess its going to run me 70 bucks (the guy was amazed that no one else had them and doubly so that they were considered un-servicable by these distributors.

Now, my question is, this is a splined gear that the pitman arm is going on right? I havnt pulled it off yet, but I am worried that it may be the splines on the gear box that will be shot. Has anyone experienced that particular problem before?

Current play is +/- ¼".

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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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jy? i never had a issue with 1 being loose always stuck,i keep a spare hanging on the wallof the garage though.do not buy a harbor freight pitman arm puller,i broke 2 trying to get 1 off.i had to buy 1 from advance to get the job done.i put pressure on pitman arm with puller then give ut a good whack with a hammer,usually that does the trick good luck
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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jy? i never had a issue with 1 being loose always stuck,i keep a spare hanging on the wallof the garage though.do not buy a harbor freight pitman arm puller,i broke 2 trying to get 1 off.i had to buy 1 from advance to get the job done.i put pressure on pitman arm with puller then give ut a good whack with a hammer,usually that does the trick good luck
Thanks for the info! I didnt want to go to the jy for a suspension part that is capable of wearing out like that.

Its on there well, but when rotating the steering wheel to check suspension parts, it gave excessive movement. Had two mechanica look at it as well and reccomend replacing it. I just hope its only an issue with the arm and not the splined part that the arm attaches to.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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i would assume the arm would wear before hardened splined shaft,but im not always right either lol
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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where exactly is your play at? if its where arm hooks to shaft(of steering box) then its probably the splines on the arm at least thats my guess.the other end of the arm is where the tie rod hooks they are easy to replace but would not get a used 1 if thats what you mean.i just replaced that tie rod end i got new moog from rockauto.com
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #6
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i would assume the arm would wear before hardened splined shaft,but im not always right either lol
Well thats pretty much what I was hoping to hear.

Harded metal FTW!
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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where exactly is your play at? if its where arm hooks to shaft(of steering box) then its probably the splines on the arm at least thats my guess.the other end of the arm is where the tie rod hooks they are easy to replace but would not get a used 1 if thats what you mean.i just replaced that tie rod end i got new moog from rockauto.com
Its at the box (not TRE end).

Replacement arm comes Wednesday.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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lol good luck,most people recommend replacing lock washer which is best way.i usually reuse it and use some red locktite to be safe
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:38 PM   #9
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lol good luck,most people recommend replacing lock washer which is best way.i usually reuse it and use some red locktite to be safe
If its easily located at the hardware store then we will replace it.

Red? Why not blue? You shouldnt even need the washer if your using red (unless you just wanted to just because you can).
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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i use red cause i got a free bottle from work about 3 years ago,not sure if hardwre store would have lock washer that big but they may.even if the washer doesnt work as good for a lock washer it still is nice to have a washer on there when you torque that nut down
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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i use red cause i got a free bottle from work about 3 years ago,not sure if hardwre store would have lock washer that big but they may.even if the washer doesnt work as good for a lock washer it still is nice to have a washer on there when you torque that nut down
Rodger that!

Working on rc nitro cars and two stroke 30cc motors for rc boats means we buy locktite products in bulk as well as recieve their weekly news letter :-P
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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ive built 3 chevy small blocks and various other projects and i still have about 20% left,bottle is like 20. new too i think.let us know how you make out good luck
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Unread 11-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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Can't imagine play in pitman arm. My money is on the bearings in the steering box
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Unread 11-20-2012, 04:08 AM   #14
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It's interesting that neither Autozone nor O'reilly carries pitman arms!
NAPA carries them, but after I specified my Jeep, none were listed !?!

Quadratec does have them and they start at $25...
Same for Morris 4x4 Center.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 05:54 AM   #15
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Amazon has them for .. I think $18? My money is on the box being loose, but if you got spline damage, it is what it is. No need for red loctite, go spend the big money ($4) and get a bottle of blue... have the right tool for the job.
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