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Pitman Arm

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by RichG53, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    01 chevy 6.0 4x4 2500 HD Well the time has come to replace the pitman arm ... I know pretty much what needs to be done ... I just thought I would ask if there are any short cuts(or ideas) I can take to make it easier and quicker to do ????
    I do have a plow frame to work around.. (Hiniker)...
    (does the steering box need to be unbolted to replace) ???)
    Thanks !!!
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  2. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    it depends on how tight that bolt is on. The manual says you have to remove the entire box but you may be able to do it with the box still in place
     
  3. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    Make sure you use a puller, don't try and use prybars.
     
  4. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    I do have the puller ....
    How can I do it with out moving the box ???? It looks tight.. For getting the puller in ...

    Just trying to find short cuts that they never tell you about...
    Thanks !!!
     
  5. ticki2

    ticki2 Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 175

    You don't have to remove the steering box or disconnect the lines. You do need to remove the bolts that hold the box on to the frame so it can be moved out of the way.
     
  6. purplehavoc

    purplehavoc Member
    Messages: 97

    I alway remove 2 bolts and loosen one so that the box will rotate a little.
    That will give you just enough room to sneak a puller in and not have to
    fumble with the box.
     
  7. GSORK

    GSORK Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    which 2 need to be removed
     
  8. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Don't forget I have a plow frame that is some what in the way ...(remember some what)...
    So just loosen or remove them enough to get the puller in ???
    I have three...I'm guessing remove the bottom two and loosen up the top one......

    THANKS !!!!!
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  9. purplehavoc

    purplehavoc Member
    Messages: 97

    Yes,that is all i do.Just enough to pivot the box to get the puller in.
    I have a small puller for doing these trucks.
    If your plow frame is still in the way,just pull the third bolt out of the box so
    you can swing the box back a bilt more.
     
  10. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I always pull all 3 bolts and swing the box away from the sway bar. Whole process takes maybe 30 mins start to finish.
     
  11. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    What joint is best to do first drag link or steering box.?????
    Or does it not matter...
    I was thinking the drag link first to give more room accessibility to work on the steering box...
    Thanks !!
     
  12. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    It's all done it was a PITA ....It must of been the original it took a lot to break it loose (a lot)...
    Thanks for all the help .....
     
  13. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Sorry I should have noted to use heat on the old arm before removing. Good to hear its done though.
     
  14. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    The flame wrench works for both Metric and SAE:D
     
  15. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    The factory thread lock really did it's job ...When it finally broke loose I thought I broke some thing...
    I know heat probably would of worked but it was a tight area to use and not burn any thing else.(seals&hoses)...
     
  16. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Rich,
    what led you to discover the pitman arm needed replacing ?
     
  17. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    I bought new tires .. I asked them to check front end because I wanted to get an alignment ( right front on old tire was showing wear.).
    They say inner tie rod(right side) was bad which I knew..They also said pitman & idler arm were in need of replacing ...Idler when I checked was Ify ..Pitman was probably due..I question his observations and he recanted and said idler was probably ok but pitman was getting there.. ( I noticed some play developing )..
    So I decided to replace it my self instead of the $150 in labor plus parts cost..
    Hope that helps ....

    If you need any other Info just ask ....
     
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Once you got the bolt out, did the arm come right off the steering box shaft? I have heard some use a cutting wheel to split the arm.
     
  19. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    No it did not it took a lot of grunting..... With the puller and breaker bar...

    Also you could see the joint move up&down which lead me to knowing it was time to replace..
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2009