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Steering gear

Discussion in 'Steering, Suspension and Wheels' started by snarl95, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. snarl95

    snarl95 Active Member

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    Mine needs replacement. How hard is it and is there anything special I need to know.
     
  2. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

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    Pretty simple job. Hardest part is getting the Pittman arm off. 3 bolts to the frame and then the steering shaft
     
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  3. snarl95

    snarl95 Active Member

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  4. MrMarty51

    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    If the pitman arm is on a tapered shaft, a pitman arm/tie rod puller might make the job easier.
     
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  5. Husker6.5

    Husker6.5 135' diagonal 16:9HD, 25KW sound!

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    4wd is a PITA, really tight clearance between Pittman arm and front diff. when trying to get the assembly out. Then remove the Pittman arm after the gearbox/arm is on the bench. There is no room to remove the arm before removing the steering gear. How do I know, he asks.
     
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  6. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

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    If you undo the frame bolts you can move it forward enough to get the puller on there
     
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  7. Big T

    Big T Well-Known Member

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    Now that I've done this job about 5 or 6 times, it's not that hard. Detach the Pitman arm from the steering cross link and leave it on the steering box. Detach steering shaft and remove the 3 large bolts going through the frame. Use a pickle fork to remove the Pitman arm. Consider replacing the rag joint on the steering shaft as it too is a source of steering play or slop.
     
  8. WarWagon

    WarWagon Well it hits on 7 of 8...

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    @Big T Exactly. After replacing the entire shot front end I find most of the slop was from the rag joint.
     
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  9. Will L.

    Will L. Well-Known Member

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    Years of working on semis that all had ujoints in the column I thought “why dont regular rigs have ujoints instead of a rag joint?” Now after years of greasing the ujoints in the Hummer steering column I think “I sure miss a rag joint that I just swap once every 20 years.”
     
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  10. Big T

    Big T Well-Known Member

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    I did not know wtf a rag joint was. Now I do and I need to replace the one on the ‘99.
     
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