Jeep Wrangler/YJ 1987-1995 Repair Guide

Pitman Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering linkage



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Fig. Fig. 2: Pitman arm removal tool

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  5. Matchmark the Pitman arm and gear housing.
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  7. Disconnect the connecting rod/drag link from the arm.
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  9. Matchmark the Pitman arm and shaft.
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  11. Remove the Pitman arm nut and washer.
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  13. Using a puller, remove the Pitman arm from the gear. Never hammer on the arm or use a wedge tool to remove it!
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To install:
  1. Install the Pitman arm aligning the matchmarks on the arm and shaft.
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  3. Install the washer and nut. Torque the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
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  5. Connect the connecting rod/drag link, or knuckle, to the Pitman arm. Observe the following torques:

    Pitman arm-to-knuckle nut: 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)
     
    Pitman arm-to-drag link nut: 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
     

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Fig. Fig. 2: Pitman arm removal tool

 
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