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i got an extra steering box from a yard that has a stock pitman arm on it.
i have tried to get it off with a few different pullers to no effect.

the power steering box that is on the bko now, has a blown sector shaft seal, and leaks like a sieve. if i pour fluid into the reservoir it practically runs right through.

any idea what i can do to get the pitman arm off the new (read new to me) box, without screwing up the sector shaft seal there or ruining the splines.

i am hesitant to use the cutoff wheel to cut it off. and i dont have a torch to heat it up, like my boy suggested.

i have already soaked it with penetrant and it still wont budge.
 

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:stupid

It will give up it's grip eventually.
 

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i have tried to get it off with a few different pullers to no effect.
There is no 'few different pullers' to be used..you should be using only a 'Pitman Arm Puller'..I capitalized that to emphasize that it is a special single-purpose puller for that one task and it is usually required that you use one to get a pitman arm off. Sometimes you'll get lucky and get one off with a regular puller and a BFH...but not usually. Even with a pitmans arm puller, a BFH is often still required.
 

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bmc69 said:
There is no 'few different pullers' to be used..you should be using only a 'Pitman Arm Puller'..I capitalized that to emphasize that it is a special single-purpose puller for that one task and it is usually required that you use one to get a pitman arm off. Sometimes you'll get lucky and get one off with a regular puller and a BFH...but not usually. Even with a pitmans arm puller, a BFH is often still required.
yes, and heat is not hard to be had either....any store that you can buy a .99 green propane cylinder and one of those little brass heating nozzles is all you need. and a ton of penetrating oil.
 

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I've had some that just needed smacked with a BFH while tightening to get them off and others that had to be heated and beat on with a hammer. Still one other that wouldn't come off no matter how much heat or beating.(this sounds like a porno)
 

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i had to change the steeringbox in an old chevy (grandmothers truck). and i tried for days to get the pitman arm off with the correct puller. i used cheer pipes, hammers, penetrating stuff. nothing worked. i finally towed the thing to a shop and they actually had to torch the thing off. not heating it up. they had to cut it into pieces.
 

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use a real pitman arm puller and put it on a bit of angle,(as much as you can to expose the sides of the pitman arm get it real tight (read till you think the wrench will snap) then take 2 hammers and hit the two sides of the hole at the same time at the same time dont have to hit supper hard just at exactly the same time, its real weird to describe but its easy to do. I have done it several times most time the arm and puller fall right off with 1 or two hits
 

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If you have a steady hand you can take a whizzer to it and cut a section out, smack it with a hammer and it should fall right off. Be careful not to cut the splines on the shaft. That would be bad. :popc1:
 

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We just did one on a 95 Bronco, and after breaking the pitman arm puller, and using tons of penetrating oil, we finally had to section it into pieces with a cut off wheel
 

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I used a pickle fork, and ground the inside out of it until it would fit the shaft. Slid it on there and pounded away, it came off easy then. Just have to be careful not to hit the splines.
 

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