pitman arm removal | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

pitman arm removal

croga001

Member
Joined
January 6, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
City, State
waterford, wi
anyone trying to put on a drop pitman arm have trouble getting the old one off? i have a pitman arm puller but its too fat to fit in between the pitman arm and the steering box. I was thinking about angle grinding it down to fit but idk if that would work?
 
<

Join the Elite Explorers $20 Gets rid of the ads!

Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




Dannyboy

Other Make & Models Mod
Elite Explorer
Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 16, 2001
Messages
5,431
Reaction score
12
City, State
43°48′48″N 91°13′59″W
Year, Model & Trim Level
91 4 do'
I don't know if you mean clearance issues, but I had to loosen my steering box from the frame to install my drop pitman arm. or else it would not clear the frame.

If you mean the pitman arm is on too tight I'd look at a few loan-a-tool places (autozone, napa, pep boys) and see if each tool is identical. One may have better clearance.
 
<



4x4junkie

Explorer Addict
Joined
March 28, 2002
Messages
1,344
Reaction score
8
City, State
So.Calif.(San Fernando Valley)
Year, Model & Trim Level
'94 Ranger, '90 Bronco II
I think he's speaking of the puller not fitting in the gap between the pitman arm and the steering box itself.

An angle grinder can widen the gap, but be DAMN SURE you don't nick the sector shaft with it (if it almost fits, but not quite, you could probably grind down the puller itself, but I wouldn't take more than 5-10 thousandths off it).
 
<



croga001

Member
Joined
January 6, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
City, State
waterford, wi
yeah i was talking about grinding down the puller a bit. and yes the clearance between the pitman arm and the steering box is the one giving me the issue. ill try the loaner tools and see if that helps.
 
<



croga001

Member
Joined
January 6, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
City, State
waterford, wi
update: picked up afew loaner tools and they were too big also. i ground down the remover i owned just enough to get it in between the pitman arm and the steering box. it snapped before i got anywhere with it.
anything else i can try?
 
<



<



<



IZwack

Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 5, 2003
Messages
21,712
Reaction score
33
City, State
Germantown, MD
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 Ford Explorer
Dont use heat, you might damage the seal on the box (assuming you're keeping the box).
 
<



Flip4ford

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 24, 2006
Messages
627
Reaction score
3
City, State
Newton, KS
Year, Model & Trim Level
94' Sport
I used a pickle fork, and a BFH, to get it wide enough to get the puller in there... Get a very wide fork the first time around... unlike the 3 I bought.
 
<



croga001

Member
Joined
January 6, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
City, State
waterford, wi
thats a pretty good idea. i think ill try that.
 
<



Maniak

Moderator-Stock 91-94
Elite Explorer
Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 9, 1999
Messages
12,064
Reaction score
124
City, State
Vail, Arizona
Year, Model & Trim Level
1992 XLT 4x4
I picked up a multiple head pickle fork set from Harbor Freight tools. It has a single handle and you screw on the size fork you need. I've beat the crap out of it taking off a pitman arm off a rust bucket van and the pickle fork did fine.

I have also broken a HFT puller before, and one from Autozone.. I've never broken down to buy a good puller.. I just use my pickle fork set.

~Mark
 
<



Dannyboy

Other Make & Models Mod
Elite Explorer
Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 16, 2001
Messages
5,431
Reaction score
12
City, State
43°48′48″N 91°13′59″W
Year, Model & Trim Level
91 4 do'
FYI, I saw that someone broke a pitman arm offroad so last night I decided to remove my pitman arm from my old truck's steering box and mount it in with my trial spares. It was a Superlift drop pitman arm. There was space between the arm and the gear, however the actualy pitman arm was wider than the puller. A few hits with the hammer wedged the puller into place and I was able to remove it.
 
<



4x4junkie

Explorer Addict
Joined
March 28, 2002
Messages
1,344
Reaction score
8
City, State
So.Calif.(San Fernando Valley)
Year, Model & Trim Level
'94 Ranger, '90 Bronco II
They broke the pitman arm itself? or the steering box sector shaft (much more common)?
 
<



sn0border88

Master Apprentice
Elite Explorer
Joined
June 27, 2005
Messages
4,198
Reaction score
4
City, State
Souderton, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
1992 XLT
I use the puller as a pickle fork, your right it is very hard to fit it in there. Hit it in with a hammer and it should pop it loose, if not then hit it all the way in and use the puller like normal. Iv done this numerous times.
 
<



Four0Sport

Jack Pewe
Elite Explorer
Joined
August 26, 2004
Messages
3,028
Reaction score
101
City, State
West Virginia
Year, Model & Trim Level
1993 2dr
im getting ready to install a drop pitman arm myself but dont have a wrench/socket big enough for the nut on the bottom of the steering shaft. i was wondering if one of you guys could tell me what size the nut on the bottom of the sector shaft is.
 
<



IZwack

Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 5, 2003
Messages
21,712
Reaction score
33
City, State
Germantown, MD
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 Ford Explorer
im getting ready to install a drop pitman arm myself but dont have a wrench/socket big enough for the nut on the bottom of the steering shaft. i was wondering if one of you guys could tell me what size the nut on the bottom of the sector shaft is.
Break out a ruler and measure the nut.;)
 
<



Four0Sport

Jack Pewe
Elite Explorer
Joined
August 26, 2004
Messages
3,028
Reaction score
101
City, State
West Virginia
Year, Model & Trim Level
1993 2dr
i was gonna do that yesterday, and as i was getting up to get the tape measure i bounched my head off of my brush guard and stopped working. im not concussed, i slept last night and woke up this morning. thats a good sign.
 
<



sn0border88

Master Apprentice
Elite Explorer
Joined
June 27, 2005
Messages
4,198
Reaction score
4
City, State
Souderton, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
1992 XLT
So measure it again and dont hit your head.

(I know the answer, im just not telling)

:p:

But if your measurements are greater than or equal to 1 3/16 or less than or equal too 1 1/16 your wrong. IIRC.
 
<



<

Join the Elite Explorers $20 Gets rid of the ads!

Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




croga001

Member
Joined
January 6, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
City, State
waterford, wi
i used 1 and1/4 on mine and the nut came off. i have tried multiple things and my pitman arm is still on the truck. idk what to do now.
 
<



Top