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Originally Posted by Monster-4 View Post
The only reason for jacking the truck up so the tires are off the ground is to bleed the power steering system once everything is buttoned back up. Up until this point you don't need to jack the truck up. I actually didn't jack my truck up until I bleed it but for some reason I decided to out this first in my instructions.

EDIT: Like timf150 said you remove the pitman arm once the steering box is out of the truck. I recommend an air impact on the pitman arm puller while hammering on the pitman arm. If it was rusted like mine be prepared for a bit of a fight. It take me a few minutes of hammer and running the impact to get it to pop off.
Originally Posted by sammie0126 View Post
I mean getting the pitman arm off the tie rod end, not even taking it off the gear box, I got a new arm just for that reason. I have a friend that's going to take it to his shop and pull it off the old gear so I can send the core back. If there is "no reason" the weight needs to be off the steering, it's just easier for me on the ground, so hoping that's not a have too.
Oh I missed you said removing the drag link from the pitman arm so ignore that part of my post above. You don't need to jackup the truck to disconnect the drag link. It's pretty easy to pop it off with a pitman arm puller while resting on the tires.
 
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Originally Posted by EXv10 View Post
I have 2 ramps I run the truck up on which beats jacking it up, You know?; those red ones about 3 feet long, portable.
Ramps won't work when trying to bleed the system which is the only reason to jack up the truck in the first place.
 
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by timf150 View Post
Getting the tie rod arm off the pitman arm is an easy task and from what you have done so far it will be a no brain'r for you.

Do you have a puller or a fork?
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Going to go rent one from autozone on Wednesday when I get the ATF. Got everything else I need including new hoses, no way mine are coming off in one piece not even going to try. This box and that pitman arm on the only remaining original suspension, steering parts that were on this rust bucket from H*&* when I bought it. I couldn't even get my splines counted too much build up of gunk and rust. Scraped enough off to get the pitman arm part number and just ordered that exact part, which is how I confirmed it was for sure a 36 spline.
 
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Monster-4 View Post
Ramps won't work when trying to bleed the system which is the only reason to jack up the truck in the first place.
Ok that's what I was looking for....needs to be in the air when I do the lock to lock to bleed the steering lines?
 
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Originally Posted by EXv10 View Post
I have 2 ramps I run the truck up on which beats jacking it up, You know?; those red ones about 3 feet long, portable.
Not enough garage door clearance and I can't do in the driveway, got a bit of a slope. Neighbors already think I'm nuts so street would be a hoot.
 
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Originally Posted by Monster-4 View Post
Oh I missed you said removing the drag link from the pitman arm so ignore that part of my post above. You don't need to jackup the truck to disconnect the drag link. It's pretty easy to pop it off with a pitman arm puller while resting on the tires.
Thinking I'm going to break the bolts loose then put it up after that.
 
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Originally Posted by sammie0126 View Post
Ok that's what I was looking for....needs to be in the air when I do the lock to lock to bleed the steering lines?
Yep you want it off the tires when trying to turn it lock to lock during the bleeding step.
 
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Originally Posted by Monster-4 View Post
Yep you want it off the tires when trying to turn it lock to lock during the bleeding step.
Got it thanks again guys for all the help and Monster for the great write up!
 
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Originally Posted by sammie0126 View Post
This box and that pitman arm on the only remaining original suspension, steering parts that were on this rust bucket from H*&* when I bought it. I couldn't even get my splines counted too much build up of gunk and rust. Scraped enough off to get the pitman arm part number and just ordered that exact part, which is how I confirmed it was for sure a 36 spline.
Red Head is just going to love getting your rust bucket of a core back...
 
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I just got invoice for the $100 credit from them today from my rusted sob. :-)
 
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Red Head is just going to love getting your rust bucket of a core back...
Fully expect to not get my full core back, already expecting that it's so bad. Will post a picture of it when I get it off. Started PB blaster soaking the wheel well bolts from the inside today, outside has been cleaned and sealed so just paint to break lose there but it's not going to be pretty. Leaking now too so it's a slimy rusted hot freaking mess.
 
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Originally Posted by sammie0126 View Post
Got it thanks again guys for all the help and Monster for the great write up!
No problem. Post back here if you have any more questions.
 
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Ahh this is going to be fun, got my pitman arm puller today, here is what my box and arm look like from the bottom side. Slimy hot mess is a good analogy no?

 
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That does look worse than mine did. Fun times eh!?! You have ben soaking it with Blaster or something right?
 
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That does look worse than mine did. Fun times eh!?! You have ben soaking it with Blaster or something right?
Some of the goo is PB Blaster, some of it is fluid film which I used to protect all the rest the truck underneath after I restored it or replaced it, and some of it is ATF that is leaking from the top of the box and running down. Had it a friends shop today who has "real tools" and he impacted the wheel well bolts loose for me and hand tightened them back up, so hoping those come off fairly easily. OReilly auto guys know me by sight now so they gave me an old heavy duty arm puller to just keep no return or rental, I think I have worn them out.
 

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