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Steering Box Removal?


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The pitman arm puller from Harbor Freight is slightly larger than the rounded ends of the center link. If you rotate the tool it grabs at the 1 oclock and 7 oclock positions and mine popped off cleanly (luckily). You could modify it by welding rod at the ends of the jaws making the arpeture slightly smaller. Then it would work.

Another thing that worked was an air chisel with a pickle fork mounted in it. Find the correct size fork, then take the slack out of the air chisel, fork, drag link end by pressing on it. Then a momentary squeeze on the trigger and the tapered shaft pops out. It does leave a little mark on the metal but the boot is intact.

Happy banging!

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The old method of whacking the joint on the side (Yes, the side!) with a big hammer works just find for the pittman arm, but it does require a lot more force than the other ball joints. If you're doing it in the car, you're gonna need a lot of room, a large sledge, and a good solid hit (or several until you man up and give it the real force), then it pops right out.

Better yet, it's pretty easy if you just pull the steering box out along with the center link and other attached rods. Then use an anvil (or a large rock, concrete floor, etc.) and set it so the threaded rod is parallel to the top surface of the anvil. Take a good solid whack at the side of the joint with a hammer, and it pops out pretty easy with no damage. Yeah, I've done it on a very rusty car in a junkyard....

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