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Unread 04-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Pitman arm removal trouble.

I have a 95 everything in the steering is stock. I got a puller from O'reilly's broke it, went back and got another one and a torch and banged on it, still won't budge. Does anyone have any suggestions I'm stumped.

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Unread 04-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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put a puller on it as tight as you can and then hit it with a bfh (big F***ing hammer) a couple of times and it should come right off... also a good idea is to soak it in wd-40 rust release penetrant for about 20-30 minutes or so.. worked perfectly for me.
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Unread 04-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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put a puller on it as tight as you can and then hit it with a bfh (big F***ing hammer) a couple of times and it should come right off... also a good idea is to soak it in wd-40 rust release penetrant for about 20-30 minutes or so.. worked perfectly for me.
I did that. I used PB blaster. Put as much pressure as I could put the torch on it and beat the hell out of it.
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I did that. I used PB blaster. Put as much pressure as I could put the torch on it and beat the hell out of it.
Pb blast it every 30 mins for a couple of hours. Hit it with a torch then let it cool, repeat this about three of four times. After last cool hit with pb blaster again. Wait about 15 mins. Put puller on with as much pressure as it will stand, hit with torch, then beat with hammer. While it has pressure on it, soak in more pb. Hit with torch and then hammer. If this doesn't work sawzall lol.

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Also don't hit up or down on the pitman arm. Hit strait back into it on the front part where it mounts to the steering gear. That's what works best for me.
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Also don't hit up or down on the pitman arm. Hit strait back into it on the front part where it mounts to the steering gear. That's what works best for me.
He won't be able to hit it straight on with the puller on it. Tap it side to side, don't hit too hard or you may damage the gearbox.

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the trick is doing it in steps. tighten puller, hit, tighten puller, hit. then let it sit for awhile. it will actually pop on its own. if you just put the puller on and start cranking you will break the puller and it wont come off. allow it to sit under pressure.
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the trick is doing it in steps. tighten puller, hit, tighten puller, hit. then let it sit for awhile. it will actually pop on its own. if you just put the puller on and start cranking you will break the puller and it wont come off. allow it to sit under pressure.
Thats exactly what i usually do but plus pb blaster or wd-40. i forgot to mention the let sit part earlier! definitely helps a ton to let it sit! last time i did a friends and i tightened it, hit it, tightened it a lot, hit it, tightened it more and it wouldnt come off even though others usually do by then. me and my friend were sitting there brainstorming and then BOOM the pitman arm released and fell on my leg. scared the S*** out of me and hurt like a B****!
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Pb blast it every 30 mins for a couple of hours. Hit it with a torch then let it cool, repeat this about three of four times. After last cool hit with pb blaster again. Wait about 15 mins. Put puller on with as much pressure as it will stand, hit with torch, then beat with hammer. While it has pressure on it, soak in more pb. Hit with torch and then hammer. If this doesn't work sawzall lol.

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Ok. I'll try this. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:42 AM   #10
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Since I'm having so much trouble getting the pitman arm off, I have a few questions.
I put a 2 1/2 lift on and before I didn't have any problems with the steering. After the lift the jeep is drifting to the right a little, I check the cater angle it is at 8*, I think that's where it's supposed to be. I took the track bar off thinking it would fix the drifting problem didn't help so I put them back on. The question I have is, do I need to a longer pitman arm to get the drag link more parallel to the axle?
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You must have gotten the cheaper pitman arm puller. I rented the heavy duty from Autozone and I would be very surprised if you broke it. It was around $90 for renting but well worth it. See pic.

Of course I've used the other one like fratis said with good results.
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Since I'm having so much trouble getting the pitman arm off, I have a few questions.
I put a 2 1/2 lift on and before I didn't have any problems with the steering. After the lift the jeep is drifting to the right a little, I check the cater angle it is at 8*, I think that's where it's supposed to be. I took the track bar off thinking it would fix the drifting problem didn't help so I put them back on. The question I have is, do I need to a longer pitman arm to get the drag link more parallel to the axle?
Honestly I'd leave track bars off for the smoother ride if not anything else. They are not needed what so ever on a leaf spring vehicle. The leafs locate the axle front to back and left to right. On coil springs control arms locate it front to back while trac bars locate it left to right. I ran a 4" on my cj7 without changing pitman arm and I think a 3.5 on my yj without a drop arm with no problems.
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the trick is doing it in steps. tighten puller, hit, tighten puller, hit. then let it sit for awhile. it will actually pop on its own. if you just put the puller on and start cranking you will break the puller and it wont come off. allow it to sit under pressure.
When I replaced my gear box I didn't think I would ever get mine off. This is the method I used and it worked. Also, I found I was hitting mine in the wrong way. You need to hit the pitman arm where it connects to the shaft in a horizontal fashion. It seems counter intuitive but it works.
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This has always worked for me.
Put the puller on as tight as you dare.
Put a long pipe on top of the pitman arm, as close to the puller as you can get, long enough that it sticks out through the hood.
Smack it a few times.
Tighten the puller up some more.
Tap the pipe some more.
It works even better if you have someone hitting the pipe while you are tightening the pitman arm.
We have used this method to get Waggy pitman arms off that have been on there 30 plus years.
Works everytime.
You should also leave the nut on there a few turns. That way it does not hit you when it comes off.
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not to hi-jack but, my pitman arm needs to be removed so I can install the dropped arm that came with my lift...I don't have the correct size socket, anybody know what size the nut is?

I don't really want to use my big pipe wrench on it
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