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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hard hard is it to change a pittman and idler arm? I got quote for a shop fixing it($700) and i got quoted at $150 for the parts. I have an available hoist I can use. I just want to know about how long I'm looking into this fix
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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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I think its super hard. But maybe your talking about a d!ifferent truck.

If you need a hoist your Chevy isn't big enough!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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What kind of vehicle is this for?
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Old March 14th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4
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if its for a 4x4 ifs truck pitman are is a pain you have to remove box from frame and steering shaft then hope the puller will get it off, idler is not bad to do
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Old March 14th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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Damn. I had a guy do it for 200 for me on my old 89. But it was just the idler arm.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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shit, doesn't take 45 min to do both, easy. do not take lines or steering shaft off of gearbox.. turn wheel 3/4 left, disconnect idler and pitman arms from center link, unbolt gearbox and shove it towards firewall, up and back, and remove nut, puller fits fine. sometimes they are tough... do not hit bottom of puller, can drive shaft through top of box. install in reverse. simple 95% of time.. but i still charge $150 labor at home

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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #7
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it depends on what year truck but pitman arm is usually a non wear part the idler arm take half hour at most
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Old March 15th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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I think its super hard. But maybe your talking about a d!ifferent truck.

If you need a hoist your Chevy isn't big enough!
Shes only got a 3" body lift on her. I traded it straight for my 2wd 99 s-10. Once I graduate and get a job, I'm gonna put a 6" suspension under it as well. I know it aint big enough yet. lol
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Old March 15th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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@TanTahoe & Tonkatruck: It's on my 89 K1500 short-box.

I'm goin to be doing it in two weekends; of course now I can't make it to Dag Party II. I'll let ya know how it went.
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well, a lot happened to the truck before I even got it home. To much fuel was getting to my engine and it had to be trailer-ed back home. We took it to a family friend who owned a shop and just had him fix everything. I got all my ball joints replaced, a new CV joint on the drivers side, idler and pittman arms, tie-rod ends, rear brakes, the issue with my fuel (two new censors that could've caused the problem) new distributor cap, and new plugs and wires(the guy I bought the truck from had the wires crossed like an idiot). So I'm going to get better gas mileage and be able to go wheelin'. And it all cost $580. Definitely my go-to guy.
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Old March 28th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #11
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Hard hard is it to change a pittman and idler arm? I got quote for a shop fixing it($700) and i got quoted at $150 for the parts. I have an available hoist I can use. I just want to know about how long I'm looking into this fix
roughly $200 in labor alone , not including shop supplies, alignment, and parts.

2.3 hours labor is what alldata told me.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #12
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Idler arm is easy, I did it. Just make sure you get the torque right.
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Pretty easy with the proper tools.
You will need to rent a Heavy duty 4x4 pitman arm puller
You will need an air hammer
You will need a impact gun and a 1"1/4 socket for it
Remove two bolts out of steering box and upper steering shaft retaining bolt
Swivel PS gear box so that pitman arm can be accessed with a puller
Remove tie rod assembly from pitman arm
Hit threads with lube and impact the huge 1"1/4 nut off
Slip puller on and use impact gun for a good 5 seconds on full power and leave the tension on it
Switch to air hammer and hit the steering shaft in the center to shock it
Rotate between the air hammer and impact gun to drive the arm out. New one should go on pretty easy if lined up. Make sure you don't close the tapered gap too much on the new one so that the arm can never be removed without pulling the box out. What I mean is make sure that you can still get it out with a puller one day.

Idler arm is super easy, do it after the pitman arm and you will be in the swing to get that done in 1/2 hour. Whole process shouldn't take more than a couple hours.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #14
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Note: Pitman arm pullers are available for free with deposit at autozone
Note: DO NOT DROP YOUR IDLER ARM BOLTS IN YOUR FRAME RAIL
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Old May 13th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #15
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according to above post it was fixed in march lol
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