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1997 Chevrolet C K 1500 Base Reg Cab 117.5 WB (CMI)

1997 Chevrolet C K 1500
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Rear Wheel Drive, Reg Cab 6.5' Fleetside
17 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy
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October 17, 2012, 8:45 am

Jeffrey W

Question: changing idler arm /pitmin arm

how do i do it step by step

October 23, 2012, 8:52 pm

Tyler O

From the manual:

Tools Required:
J 24319-01 Steering Linkage Puller
J 29107 Pitman Arm Puller
J 6632-01 Pitman Arm Remover
J 29193 Steering Linkage Installer (12 mm)
Or Equivalents


NOTE: Raise the vehicle. Support the vehicle with jack stands.

Remove or disconnect the following:

Relay rod nut from the pitman arm ball stud. Do not reuse the nut.
Relay rod from the pitman arm ball stud using J 24319-01.
Power steering gear.

Mark the pitman arm and the pitman shaft. This will permit proper alignment at assembly.

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

Pitman arm from pitman shaft of steering gear. Use J 6632-01 or J 29107.
Inspect for the following:

Ball stud threads for damage.
Ball stud seals for excessive wear.

Clean the threads on the ball stud.


CAUTION: Always use the correct fastener in the proper location. When you replace a fastener, use ONLY the exact part number for that application. The manufacturer will call out those fasteners that require a replacement after removal. The manufacturer will also call out the fasteners that require thread lockers or thread sealant. UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, do not use supplemental coatings (paints, greases, or other corrosion Inhibitors) on threaded fasteners or fastener joint interfaces. Generally, such coatings adversely affect the fastener torque and joint clamping force, and may damage the fastener. When you install fasteners, use the correct tightening sequence and specifications. Following these instructions can help you avoid damage to parts and systems.

Install or connect the following:

Pitman arm on the pitman shaft. Line up the marks made at removal.
Pitman arm washer and nut. Tighten to 250 Nm (184 ft. lbs.) .
Steering gear to frame of vehicle.
Relay rod to the pitman arm ball stud. Make sure the seal is on the stud. Tighten J 29193 or J 29194 to 62 Nm (48 ft. lbs.) to seat the tapers. Remove the tool.
New prevailing torque nut. Tighten the nut to 62 Nm (46 ft. lbs.) .
Lower the vehicle.

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