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01-31-2013, 12:27 PM #1
99 K1500 4x4 - Pitman Arm - Please Help
I just had 4 new tires put on. The shop called me and said that they wouldn't recommend getting a alignment now because the pitman arm is bad and needs replaced. I need help with confirming that the pitman arm is what is bad and if so how do I make this repair. Everything I have found on this replacement of pitman arm is for a Suburban. This is what I have been told and why I am confused.
- You need to remove the steering box. But I have also been told that you don't on a truck just on a suburban.
- Pitman arm rarely goes bad, which brings me to how do I find out for sure.(Not sure if I trust Tire Discounters)
Basically I have never had to replace this part or diagnose it. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE ANY HELP ON HOW TO DIAGNOSE A BAD PITMAN ARM AND HOW TO FIX IT.
I am partially disabled without my left leg so I can't afford to take it to a shop living on disability so any help is appreciated.
Thanks for any help anyone can offer, it is greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Keeta; 01-31-2013 at 12:37 PM. Reason: Wrong SpellingThanks in advance,
01-31-2013, 12:40 PM #2
They are all the same. The truck and suburban look the same under the front end. Sometimes you can get away with just removing the 2 lower bolts that hold the gearbox and loosening the top bolt so the box can swing out. .As far as diagnosis, you need to jack the front end (both tires), then grab one of the tires at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and shake it back and forth. If you see movement in the pitman arm then it is bad. The shops near me charge $35 to do the pitman arm if you you bring them the part. After the PITA it was to get the one off my dad's 02 Avalanche (yes, we had the correct tools and we are both certified mechanics) We did end up pulling the gear box on his because we could not get it to break loose. I will pay the $35 to let them change it. I will just buy the moog pitman arm myself and take it in. That way I avoid the 50% price markup the shop adds to the part.
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