Steering gear off

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By kenny on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 04:43 pm:

how do i get steering shaft off the pitman arm.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By kenny on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 04:48 pm:

how to get steering shaft out off steering box is what i meant.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 05:16 pm:

Part 1.)
Unscrew the nut that holds your steering wheel on and remove the steering wheel (and don't lose the woodruff key). Loosen the set-screw that locks the top of the steering gear case. Unscrew the steering gear case top (and don't lose the set-screw). If possible, remove all the little gears in the steering gear case. If you cannot remove all the little gears, place a blanket over your seat and floor to catch them when they come flying out of the case after the next part.

Part 2.)
Take the cotter pin out of the castle nut that holds the pitman arm to the steering shaft. Unscrew the castle nut. Take a wooden drift (like an 18-inch length of clothes closet dowel) and hold one end of it against the lower end of the steering shaft. Whack away at the other end of the wooden drift with a hammer. Your steering shaft should come out fairly easily unless you have an enclosed car, in which case, the car's ceiling may get in the way. If so, clear all women and children out of earshot and loudly repeat the words that come after "Yippie-I-Kai-Yay."


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 05:42 pm:

Oops forgot something. Here's the revised version:

Part 1.)
Unscrew the nut that holds your steering wheel on and remove the steering wheel (and don't lose the woodruff key). Loosen the set-screw that locks the top of the steering gear case. Unscrew the steering gear case top (and don't lose the set-screw). If possible, remove all the little gears in the steering gear case. If you cannot remove all the little gears, place a blanket over your seat and floor to catch them when they come flying out of the case after the next part.

Part 2.)
Take the cotter pin out of the castle nut that holds the pitman arm to the steering shaft. Unscrew the castle nut. Take a wooden drift (like an 18-inch length of clothes closet dowel) and hold one end of it against the lower end of the steering shaft. Whack away at the other end of the wooden drift with a hammer. After a few blows, the pitman arm and its key should either fall off or be easily removable by hand. Set them aside (and don't lose the key). Again, place one end of the wooden drift against the bottom end of the steering shaft and whack away at the other end of the wooden drift with a hammer. Your steering shaft should come out fairly easily unless you have an enclosed car, in which case, the car's ceiling may get in the way. If so, clear all women and children out of earshot and loudly repeat the words that come after "Yippie-I-Kai-Yay."


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 06:01 pm:

I must be getting old. I forgot something else:

Part 2 should start with disconnecting the pitman arm from the front end (and don't lose any small parts).


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Val Soupios on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 06:29 pm:

If you don't want to throw pieces all over the garage you can use a "pickle fork" to get the pitman arm off. They are cheap and available at most auto parts stores. They are used for the same purpose, among others, on modern cars. I am sure there is a technical name for the tool but I do not know it!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Friday, June 07, 2013 - 07:04 pm:

You mean one of these?


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