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Pitman arm removal

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by crazy_cooter56, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. crazy_cooter56

    crazy_cooter56 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm installing a 4" lift on my blazer and looking for suggestions on the best way to remove the stock pitman arm. I've heard this can be a real fun chore. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    A good quality pitman arm puller,and a strong impact gun is the easiest way.It should come off with that.If it doesn't,run the puller up as tight as possible and smack the side of the pitman arm (between the puller legs) with a BFH,It should pop right off.

    If you don't have the proper tool,you can probably borrow or rent one from the local parts store.You would still need access to shop air and an impact gun though.It may be cheaperand easier to just take it to a shop and have them do it for you.If you have the box out of the truck,you can just take the box to a shop and have it removed.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    just make sure the new one goes on pointing in the same direction


  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    The simple answer is to get a 4" drop steering arm. Much easier to do, and no special tools to do it.

  5. Joey D

    Joey D Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Chuck, A raised arm would work better.:D
    I could change a pitman arm quicker the steering arm. I have done 3 of the raised arms and every time it sucks to say the least. Another way is to cut the pitman arm with a cut off wheel close to the shaft then split it. Just be carefull.
    I think the arm is only a 3inch raise though so maybe use a 1inch pitman arm as well as the 3inch steering arm.
  6. crazy_cooter56

    crazy_cooter56 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    the steering arm is what I was actually refferring to. Don't know why I said pitman arm. Managed to get it changed today though, lots of beating and banging.