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  • avatar karjunkie 12/15/08 8:58 am PST

    The complexity of that repair varies with the specific vehicle. I would go to the public library and photocopy the relavent section of the GM service manual to be sure you do it correctly. In general terms, to change your pitman arm, you remove the arm from the center link, remove the power steering pump from the frame, take the steering shaft out of the power steering pump, take off the nut that hold the pitman arm on, seperate the arm from the splines on the pump, and reverse the procedure to install the new pitman arm. For the idler arm, you remove the arm from the center link, unbolt from the frame, and reverse the procedure to install the new idler arm. Since the arm is pressed against the center link, you need an extractor tool which some major auto parts stores like AutoZone will lend you when you buy the parts there. The bottom line is that this is an easy repair for a professional and a hard repair for a first timer, so you have to decide how you proceed. I suggest you get a repair quote and then see if it's worth saving that amount with your sweat equity. Good luck!

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  • karjunkie 12/15/08 8:58 am PST

    The complexity of that repair varies with the specific vehicle. I would go to the public library and photocopy the relavent section of the GM service manual to be sure you do it correctly. In general terms, to change your pitman arm, you remove the arm from the center link, remove the power steering pump from the frame, take the steering shaft out of the power steering pump, take off the nut that hold the pitman arm on, seperate the arm from the splines on the pump, and reverse the procedure to install the new pitman arm. For the idler arm, you remove the arm from the center link, unbolt from the frame, and reverse the procedure to install the new idler arm. Since the arm is pressed against the center link, you need an extractor tool which some major auto parts stores like AutoZone will lend you when you buy the parts there. The bottom line is that this is an easy repair for a professional and a hard repair for a first timer, so you have to decide how you proceed. I suggest you get a repair quote and then see if it's worth saving that amount with your sweat equity. Good luck!

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