Use a Pittman Arm puller (can be rented at Autozone, NAPA, etc.). Do NOT
use a pickle fork and a BFH. Don't use a torch (what the hell are you
smoking?), and no need to remove the steering box.
If it's 4x4, you need to take the steering box out with the
pitman arm attached. Then use a pitman arm puller (good
quality one) to remove the pitman arm. The box is only
held in with three bolts thru the frame, two hydraulic lines,
and a pinch bolt to the steering shaft.
Thanks Ian ... it is a 4x4... I was trying to avoid doing that... but if I have
to I have to... BTW the comment about the torch had the -:) following the
remark... I dont even smoke cigarrettes... Thanks again
I have a '97 too. Its not hard at all. I had mine done in 30 minutes. You
have to take the plastic cover off of the underside. Then take the steering
gear bolts out (3). No need to take the wheel off. Then mover the gear
around till you can get to the nut easily. And pull it off. Just as easy
putting it back on.
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