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Steering gear box leak

Discussion in 'Engine & Drivetrain' started by new2yukon, May 7, 2020.

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    new2yukon Full Access Member

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    Ok. Thanks. Maybe that's why nobody said or wrote that.

    Thank you.
     
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    Pittman nut is off. My impact and Napa puller won't get arm off. It actually deformed the gearbox shaft end with me cranking on it.

    If I don't get core refund...then oh well I guess. I'm over this project.

    Arm removal options:
    1. Heat?
    2. Massive wacks?
    3. Grinder wheel and cut? That's thick steel.

    I'm stuck.

    All I really need is that DUST SHIELD under the arm. That's all.
     
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    Got it !!!!

    Got old arm off and dust seal on new.

    Whacked it all around hard. Hit impact again. Came right off.

    Problem I believe was diameter of removal tool that didn't cover all of the shaft end. I didn't realize the problem it would cause or I would have sandwichwed a piece of steel between them to begin with. Did that and bam. Success.

    Solved my issue with a lousy piece of steel.

    Felling happy and "dumb". Haha. Learning doesn't stop. But that's good sort of.
     
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    If you weren't so adamant about getting that dust seal off, you could have sent the gear box core in with the arm attached and still gotten the core charge. Plus, you said you damaged the shaft, that would have still been ok for the core charge refund. They don't assume EVERY returned shaft is good and you can bet they have a pile of old pitman arms because that happens all the time.
     
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    They might take the core. Didn't contact them. I wanted the dust shield because I believe it serves a purpose albeit maybe a minor one but spending what I did on the rebuilt one I didn't want to introduce problems to it.

    I'd have to pay return core shipping so its not a huge deal....but still.

    I never should have used the pitman puller without the filler steel piece. That made it cake.

    I learned. At least I haven't broken anything serious.

    Hey, if I ever have to do a pitman arm again it will be Waaaaaayyyyyy easier !!!
     
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    So after few more hours....I got it all done except for the tie rods I am waiting delivery on. Half done w/ air purging. Will finish that after tie rods and drop the truck down. Still in the air now.


    PS cooler
    Idler arm & mount
    Pitman arm
    Gearbox
    HP strg hose
    Tie rods x4


    Any body know how much this would cost in shop?
     
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    Over $100. :chewie:
     
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    Haha. I did a crap ton of work ....hehe
     
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    Ok then. A crap ton more than $100.
     
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    So I got all my tie rods delivered yesterday and now installed.

    Test drove and I LOVE IT !!!!

    Steering is waaayyyy tighter and nice now.

    I hope steering stays this way. I am so glad I got this stuff done. Marveious improvement.
     

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