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Remove the pitman arm from the center link on a 1997 chevy blazer

Customer Question

How to remove the pitman arm from the center link on a 1997 chevy blazer
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  John replied 5 years ago.

Hello & Welcome to JA,

Here is info to help you. Notice the special puller. If you do not have this & gear puller wont do it . Use a carbide cutting /grinder to cut the pitman arm. Be carefull not to damage the pitman shaft.

Pitman Arm Replacement (4WD)

Removal Procedure

Tools Required

J 29107-A Pitman Arm Puller
J 6632-01 Pitman Arm Remover
  1. Remove the power steering gear.
  2. Install power steering gear into vise.

  3. Remove the pitman arm nut and washer from the pitman arm shaft.

  4. Notice: Do not hammer on the pitman arm, pitman arm shaft or puller. Damage to the pitman arm or steering gear may result.

  5. Disconnect the pitman arm from the pitman shaft using J 6632-01 or J 29107-A
  6. Inspect the following items:
    The ball stud threads for damage
    The ball stud seals for excessive wear
  7. Clean the threads on the ball stud.

Tools Required

J 29193 Steering Linkage Installer (12 mm)
J 29194 Steering Linkage Installer (14 mm)

  1. Install the pitman arm to the pitman arm shaft.
  2. Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

  3. Install the pitman arm washer and nut to the pitman arm shaft.
  4. Tighten
    Tighten the pitman arm nut to 250 N·m (185 lb ft).

  5. Remove power steering gear from the vise.
  6. Install the power steering gear.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.



Can't free it from the center link.

Expert:  John replied 5 years ago.
You may need to use an air chiesel to seperate the two.