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Old 04-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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What is the pitman arm?

Hello all. I have read all of the stories about the death wobble and front steering issues. I don't actually have any wobbles or any indication that anything is wrong in that area. I recently purchased the truck and when i had the emissions done, the shop told me that the tie rod at the pitman arm and the right inner tie rod were shot. I am not sure what they were looking at. I don't see any leakage or any torn boots or anything. I don't exactly know what I am looking for. Anyone know what they were talking about or have a photo or good explanation of what I should be looking for? I have good mechanical aptitude and can replace parts if I know what I need to replace. Thank you for the help.
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Crawl under the truck and next to the drivers front tire. Look up towards the engine and you will see the linkage attaching to the steering. The point of attachment it the tie rod and the item it attaches to is the pitman arm. Have someone sit in the drivers seat and turn the wheels 1/4 each way, while you are watching for movement. You would see the pitman arm move left and right. the tie rod will be sloppy if bad. Mine is shot and i am changing tomorrow.
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Thanks a lot for the help. That makes more sense to me. I appreciate it!
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