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what is the best way to remove the steering arm on a dana 44 knuckle...i don't want ruin the studs because i want to use them for my steering arm...please help
 

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Originally posted by brimy311:
<STRONG>what is the best way to remove the steering arm on a dana 44 knuckle...i don't want ruin the studs because i want to use them for my steering arm...please help</STRONG>
Just did one a couple months ago on an original 78 unit. Drive a large chisel (screwdriver if you have to) in the joint on the side until it starts to spread, then start working it back an forth until it finally slips off. It's fun!
 

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BTW - make sure you remove the three nuts holding the arm on first! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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even easier.. tap on the end of the arm (downward) with a sledge repeatedly. It'll loosed the washers. Once they're loosened a bit unscrew them using the tip of a screwdriver to get into the split.
 

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cool i will give them a try tomarrow and see what happens <IMG SRC="smilies/eyemouth.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by mike:
<STRONG>even easier.. tap on the end of the arm (downward) with a sledge repeatedly. It'll loosed the washers. Once they're loosened a bit unscrew them using the tip of a screwdriver to get into the split.</STRONG>
This is the best way and it does not ruin uniting but your hearing. <IMG SRC="smilies/shy.gif" border="0">
 

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I just recently got the arm off a particularly rusty and stubborn early Dodge flat top.
Putting it in a big vise, soaking it plenty with PB Blaster for a couple daze and then whailing on it every which way got me no where.
So every evening for the next week I'd squirt it some more and give it a few good whacks in case the jaring might aid the penetrating oil sink a little deeper.
Next, it was time to take it outside for some serious convincing.
I laid it down on some landscaping railroad ties and got out my biggest weapon, a six pound driller's slege hammer.
After about the twelfth high overhead swing of that hammer I saw a just barely perceptable crack at the seam. I gave it some more PBlaster then took a little break then came back with a big blunt chizel to get some hits in on the opposite side of the arm.
It took quite a while and a lot of pounding but one by one the tapered collars loosened and came out and the arm eventually followed.
Whew!
So I hope the good advise above works for you ... and if not, then try mine ...
 

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I couldn't get mine off with just me hitting it.

It took the biggest guy I work with at the fire department about 20 minutes of hitting it with FULL swings with a full size sledge.

Charly
 
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