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im stuck!

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by kbacon3231, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. kbacon3231

    kbacon3231 Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 3

    im putting a lift kit on a 1985 chevy 4x4 and i cant figure out how to remove the steering arm. i loosen the 3 nuts on top and put some heat to it but cant get it loose. It has the tapered sleeves that go around the bolts into the arm. there has to be a trick to it. if someone knows the trick please clue me in. thanks
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    you must be talking about the steering link on the wheel end- try tapping on it with heat, like top down in the center between the bolts, then up from undernieth where the tie rods connect.

    Standard mechanics practices for removing stuck parts...
  3. mikes plowing

    mikes plowing Member
    from cent pa
    Messages: 77

    I put a lift kit o my 87 chevy 4x4. The link was a pita to get off. Had to beat it till my arm almost fell off. Don't use heat. Use a good penetrating oil, If you use heat you take out some of the temper of the metal. Just get your self a big hammer and go to town. Make sure you replace the nuts and DON'T hit the bolts they don't come out to easy. GOOD LUCK
  4. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    thats why i have a girlfriend
  5. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Wow, just wow.:D
  6. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Yep--Not much you can say to that one--except at least he didn't go blind!!!!!!!!
  7. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    If you are worried about loosing temper you don;t know how to properly use heat for removing stuck parts....

    We're not forging pieces here, only freeing them - You're not supposed to make it cherry red, only raise it's temp 100 degrees or so to allow it to expand and crack the rust holding it to the other part. And actually, you want to heat the metal surrounding it, not the actual part. If you heat the part you want to let it cool a little before trying to remove it again which lets it contract back down a little after cracking the rust. It you heat the surrounding to expand it off the piece remove the piece in question while the surrounding it still hot.

    Mechanics use heat every day- proper use has no effect on temper. (you have to raise the metals temp past a certain point to begin affecting it's temper.)
  8. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Justme is right on the money here. Good advice for freeing stuck parts.
  9. snowbiter

    snowbiter Member
    Messages: 68

    Not sure what your talking about but it sound like you might need a ball-joint fork --tapered to pry in between the parts.

  10. burbguy

    burbguy Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I have put in several lift kits which all where in 70's model trucks. I have had my best luck with all the advise already givin. personnaly I would try the oil first. Then at least wehn it comes off you can still touch it.