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Unread 09-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Drag link question

We cannot seem to get the driver end of the drag link to release from the Pittman arm. I tried prying. I even ground out metal inside the fender well and we were using a normal pry bar on top of the TRE (on top of the threaded part). Also tried a fork and hammer while using the long pry bar. No dice.
Any thoughts?

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Unread 09-02-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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pound the part of the pitman arm where the drag link goes into. Not the drag link. Use a BIG HAMMER. If that doesn't work, use some heat on the pitman arm and pound again. You might want to use a mixture of acetone and transmission fluid and soak it down overnight if the above fails. It's probably just rusted in there.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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What he said. Maybe a couple of soakings of PB Blaster.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of removing the large but that holds the pitman arm and drop it down. Then I could get a solid blow on the top of the threade part of the TRE. Think that would work?
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Unread 09-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Bad idea. If you think getting the drag link off the pitman arm, try getting it off the steering gear. It's splined in there. I replaced the steering gear on my WJ and I had it on the bench with a full size sledge hammer and it wouldn't budge. I finally spent the $20 on a new pitman arm. Do what I said above. The transmission fluid and acetone is way better than anything you can buy over the counter. It's an old time solution. I have a spray bottle of the mixture on hand at all times. You will be amazed. Eats thru rust like nothing else.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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I will try that mixture. After popping the hood it appears there is a small opening that I could get a long pipe onto the TRE right near the pitman arm. With a large hammer maybe could budge this thing.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Ive never had a problem using a pickle fork and a 3lb sledge...but, only if you are planning on replacing that TRE. If you're planning on reusing it, rent a puller from a parts store.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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Any reason you don't use a Pitman arm puller? Your can rent them
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I will try that mixture. After popping the hood it appears there is a small opening that I could get a long pipe onto the TRE right near the pitman arm. With a large hammer maybe could budge this thing.
Very important part is what Nickblack said "pound the part of the pitman arm where the drag link goes into. Not the drag link"
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Unread 09-02-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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A good quality puller would do the trick. I snapped 2 Harbor Freight ones trying to remove the Pitman arm from the steering gear but that was a different animal all together. When doing suspension work, always hit the part that the thing you want to remove goes in to, not the part you want to remove.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 08:02 PM   #11
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Any reason you don't use a Pitman arm puller? Your can rent them
Yeah what he said, I rented one from Autozone and it was off within 5 minutes of being home
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Unread 09-03-2013, 09:34 AM   #12
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Good advice guys. Thank you.
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