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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 2:57 pm

if grease is coming out of the pitman arm, than i think the seal is busted
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 3:00 pm

the pitman is fubar, but the idler is leakin grease. im havin problems gettin the pitman off the centerlink because the stud moves with the centerlinkthat puller wonk freakin stay and slips of the stud. good thing im replacin it cause i've jacked the beginnin of the threads up. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 3:02 pm

lol just try getting the pitman arm off the box and take the whole thing out. clamp it in a vise and do it that way.. it's easier to work on a bench than laying on your back under the truck lol
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 3:08 pm

yeah i'm tryin not to seperate the tie rods from the CL if at all possible.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 7:33 pm

i'm saying take the whole center link out in 1 piece with the pitman arm and break(not literally) the pitman arm off in a vise. it'll also be much easier for you to check the boots over to make sure they're not torn, dry rotten, etc etc. if any of them are, pull the boots of, clean away the old grease and see if there is any play or grinding in that specific joint. if not, than they're still in good shape and you can get away with replacing the boots. i would replace the boots on all of the joints if they show even the slightest bit of dry rotting or splitting. it's just preventative maintainence. if any of them feel like they are grinding, than they more than likely have dirt/sand in them from any cracks/splits in the boots.. i would recommend replacing those
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 8:02 pm

i cannot get that sob off! nevermind i got it. lol. now the next problem.
gm in all their wisdom and stupidity put this skid in the way so i cant pull the CL down to get it off the pitman and idler.




and this is how much it needs to move. less than 1/8"
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 8:06 pm

i cant get the PA off the splines cause the puller they gave me, the claws are too big to fit around it. so im gonna see if they(oriellys) got a bigger one or i'll modify this'n
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 11:24 pm

im drunk as crap right now but um pretty sure you gotta tuen the wheel one way or the other to get it off.. its a goo thing im know were the kets arte.. lol
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 16th 2010, 11:31 pm

haha i wish i was. yeah thats what i figured, but i aint messin with it tonite. have fun drinkin you lucky sob. im out.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 17th 2010, 2:20 am

hell yeah. darn thats cool lol.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 17th 2010, 3:47 pm

so i finally said screw it and took the idler arm off and that gave me enough play to get the cl moved. now im modifyin the puller to fit the bigger part of the PA, the part that connects to the gear box.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 17th 2010, 7:50 pm

i had to replace the idler arm assembly. they dont sell boots or bushins for em. so i had to get a new assembly. but its ok cause it's got a lifetime warranty.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 18th 2010, 4:12 pm

it was probley on its way out anyweays..
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 18th 2010, 6:59 pm

yeah. prolly. there was some sideto side play in the arm like .002"
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 18th 2010, 8:50 pm

bah, that thing still has thousands of miles of life left lol
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 19th 2010, 2:32 am

haha i didnt get to it today. replaced the starter in my buddy's girl's eclipse today in the rain. i had to unbolt the exhaust mani.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 21st 2010, 8:07 pm

whats the best way to take a tie rod off the centerlink with only a hammer and a pitman arm puller? lol i dont have the pickle fork and even if i did i wouldnt use it. any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 21st 2010, 9:01 pm

dead blow/heavy hammer and a vise lol
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 22nd 2010, 1:58 am

ok. i know what ya talkin bout.
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PostSubject: Re: pitman arm   April 24th 2010, 11:36 pm

ok its done. haha not bad for like 30 minutes at a time every once in a while. the IA was the wrong one like the IA bracket was. shoulda known. now i gotta get the new tires in the front and get it aligned.
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