The Pitman arm is a component in an or . As a attached to the (see ) , it converts the angular of the sector shaft into the motion needed to steer the . The arm is supported by the sector shaft and supports the or center link with a . It transmits the motion it receives from the steering box into the drag (or center) link, causing it to move left or right to turn the wheels in the appropriate direction. The is attached between the opposite side of the center link from the Pitman arm and the vehicle's frame to hold the center or drag link at the proper height. A worn can cause in the , and may get worse over time.
In this video I'll show you how-to (or maybe how not to) remove a pitman arm. We'll use a pitman arm puller and when that doesn't work we'll add some heat to spice things up!
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Idler Arms and Pitman Arms are part of your steering system that links your steering box to the center link, and then on to the hub assemblies. The Pitman Arm, also known as the "steering arm," is the main player while the idler arm supports the other side and allows the proper movement to take place when you turn the wheel. If your steering has gotten sloppy they may need replacement. Signs of this are your steering wheel moving 2 inches or more from side to side without turning the wheels at all, front end shimmy that can't be attributed to out-of-balance wheels, or lurches to the left or right when you go over a bump.
You have to remove the big nut that holds the Pitman arm to the steering box. In this case, it was a 1-5/16 nut that was torqued to 180 ft lbs. I used a 3/4" drive socket and a big-mother breaker bar.