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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:16 PM
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Can't get Pitman arm off

OK, i've tried and couldn't do it. Took it to two separate shops and they can't it off either. Is there a trick to this that I'm not aware of?
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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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OK, i've tried and couldn't do it. Took it to two separate shops and they can't it off either. Is there a trick to this that I'm not aware of?
Did they use a hydraulic press?
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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:31 PM
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Doubtful. I think they just used a pitman arm puller like I used. Mine was small though. They had much bigger ones but still no luck
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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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put tension on it with a big puller.

then whack it with a hammer.

it should come off. If it doesn't, whack it again.


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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:45 PM
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put tension on it with a big puller.

then whack it with a hammer.

it should come off. If it doesn't, whack it again.
Pretty much what I did. Had a hell of a load on the puller and was ready to see it just explode. Before giving up I then put a long chisel with a taper in between and gave it a good shot, popped right off. Though I really was surprised It popped off.
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What about torching it? Will the mess up the seals in the steering box?
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I've removed three or four, one of which I had to resort to using a dremmel tool cutting disc. Didn't take all that long. and assuming your replacing it anyway, nothing lost. The cutter was small enough that I could get in and cut just the pitman arm enough until it popped.
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You didn't mess up the splines on the steering shaft?
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I could just see a bit of a mark on one spline. I didn't grind all the way to the shaft, it popped just short with exception of one spot where I did touch the spline. This was a last resort, but IMHO, less damage then endless banging etc. I had already tried a HD pitman arm puller and considerable hammering.
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I always use two wedges coming from opposite directions in between the box and pitman arm. I have never had much luck with pitman arm pullers.
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Spoke to the shop. They didn't try hitting it with a hammer. They were afraid they'd be on the hook for a Land Rover steering box and decided it wasn't worth it. haha. I'll try the dealership.
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From a prior thread of the same goddamit problem

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I got stuck last night trying to remove the pitman arm from steering box on my RRC. I don't think it has been removed in 20 years--I've never taken it off, and I've owned it for 10 years. That sucker was stuck hard, and I know most the tricks on removal. I knew I needed some help and that I needed another tool... so I went to my trusty Harbor Freight. Hey, cheap tools, but some are just great and I have a store near by. I got the Pitman and Tie Rod Puller for a whopping $9.99 (tool number 1752). It would have been $8 if my 20% off coupon wasn't expired. Anyways, it fits fine and paired with an impact gun, I was done in under a minute. Thought THAT was worth passing on. Pitman Arm Puller & Tie Rod Puller

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I've removed these 2x in the past.
Both were easy.
Let the steering box leak oil for a few years before you pull the arm...


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I used one like this:


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It clamps onto the arm so that it won't come off when you hit it with a big heavy hammer.

You can rent one at Autozone.
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Ha! I was about to post to use a 1/2" impact gun and a harbor freight pulled! Can't even recall posting the above and what a gas seeing I was quoted! I've removed two other stuck pitman a the same way-- impact gun on puller. Even if puller would break (which it hasn't) they are not expensive from HF. I stand behind this technique...
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big fucking hammer
One size down from the European standard - RBFH and above the regular BH.

Can occasionally but substituted by LR special part number #5318008 or its equivalent large trail rock.

Looks like Lav should be making a hand crafted artisanal bloody knuckles tool kits ...
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One size down from the European standard - RBFH and above the regular BH. Can occasionally but substituted by LR special part number #5318008 or its equivalent large trail rock. Looks like Lav should be making a hand crafted artisanal bloody knuckles tool kits ...
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Old April 7th, 2016, 09:29 AM
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One reason I do not like the BFH or RBFH technique with the steering box still on the truck is the only room to get a good swing would hit the side of the pitman and really but a wack onto the shaft of the steering box. I know I am not the only one to have this concern... I do agree that the technique is valid as that is the #1 way to get off things like rod ends, but, particularly with my rebuilt Meridian box, I wouldn't recommend a RBFH onto something that also holds oil (I did say Meridian box...I know a stock box doesn't hold oil :-) ). Too much momentum with a RBFH...
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