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need help removing steering arm (finish pics-and one last question))

I'm rebuilding the steering knuckles on my '85 and am having trouble removing the steering arm on the pas. side. Removed cone washers and arm has backed off the knuckle some, just can't get it to raise he rest of the way off. Help? BTW, the steering arm is still connected to the tierod.
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[ 10-31-2001: Message edited by: crawlintoy ]
 

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Screw the nuts back on the arm, get the tie rod off, take the nuts back off the arm, and take a mallet and bang the fawker off! <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">

Oh yeah, it might help to clean some of that grease off of there. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">

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Originally posted by GRABBER:
<STRONG>Screw the nuts back on the arm, get the tie rod off, take the nuts back off the arm, and take a mallet and bang the fawker off! <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
What he says!!!! Make life easy on yourself and take that tierod, the only timje you leave it on is a trail fix. You have to take it off to clean all that stuff anyway!!!!

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why would it be easier with the tie rod removed? Less tension? BTW, thanks <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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Any recommendations on what to clean the grease off with? I'e been using some stuff I bought at Napa, but am not very happy with it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>Any recommendations on what to clean the grease off with? I'e been using some stuff I bought at Napa, but am not very happy with it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Taking the tie rod off will just make it easier, cant you see that the tie rod is just in the way. <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> And, carb. cleaner will take anything off! <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>Any recommendations on what to clean the grease off with? I'e been using some stuff I bought at Napa, but am not very happy with it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Buy a $100 parts washer at HF. It's one of the best things I got in the garage. Wish I would have had it when I was building the engine.
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>Any recommendations on what to clean the grease off with? I'e been using some stuff I bought at Napa, but am not very happy with it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Scrape the big stuff off with a putty knife. For cleaner I use kerosene and a stiff parts cleaning brush, but I have a 30 gallon parts cleaning tank. If you have sensitive skin use gloves.

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>Any recommendations on what to clean the grease off with? I'e been using some stuff I bought at Napa, but am not very happy with it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
I use a screw drive to get m ost of the crapp off and then spray oven cleaner on it and let it sit. Use a stiff brush and hose it off. Works good for me, but a parts cleaner would be even better <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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My wife can't figure out why she never has any oven cleaner, but never uses it. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I wish I would have cleaned it all before I pulled the birfield. Now the axle's wide open and susceptable to getting junk in it. Thanks for all the help though.
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>I wish I would have cleaned it all before I pulled the birfield. Now the axle's wide open and susceptable to getting junk in it. Thanks for all the help though.</STRONG>
From the looks of that axle to me, it would be coming completely Apart, that includes pulling the 3rd member and cleaning the whole thing out. So I wouldnot worry about a little crud!!!

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Originally posted by OOPS:
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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
[qb]I wish I would have cleaned it all before I pulled the birfield. Now the axle's wide open and susceptable to getting junk in it. Thanks for all the help though.</STRONG>
From the looks of that axle to me, it would be coming completely Apart, that includes pulling the 3rd member and cleaning the whole thing out. So I wouldnot worry about a little crud!!!

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why do you say that? All you can see is the knuckle and steering arm.
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>why do you say that? All you can see is the knuckle and steering arm.</STRONG>

EXPERIENCE MAYBE <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>why do you say that? All you can see is the knuckle and steering arm.</STRONG>
That is all I need to see!!!! Greasy, dirt parts <IMG SRC="smilies/emb.gif" border="0"> me and I do not like to get dirty and you are 9/10's of the way there, and it will look pretty and you can see if there are any big chuncks in the bottom of the housing and then you can get it dirty and if you break down on the trail someone may help you if it is cleaner and you can paint it with a rattle can and you don't see race cars with dirt and crud like that. That is all I can think of now

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When I did high steer on mine I had the same
problem. The bearing was frozen on the arms
stud. Ended up having to hammer it off and
rebuild the knuckles. Your a step ahead of
me, your rebuilding to start with. Just
scrape and wire brush the hell out of the
parts, use the best grease you can find.
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
k, i put the cone washers and nuts back on and am trying to get arm disconnected from tierod, but am having some trouble. I've got a 5 ton puller on it and was heating the arm with a torch, but no luck. <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">

BTW, how's this look?
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Its a good thing your getting that tie rod off now! <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> I would hate to replace that on the trail, the way its rusted on their. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> Spray some WD40 on it, let it sit awile, then try again. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 
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