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I worked all day and could not get the idler arm loose from the center link. I used a puller, a crow foot and big hammer, penetrating oil. I pried on it and even resorted to giving it a few whacks with the hammer. When I busted the skin off my knuckles I said enough. I read that many had no problems with it but of coarse I couldn't be that lucky. Short of getting angry and burning the truck to the ground I decided to put it back together and attempt to use my extended warranty for it. They wouldn't warranty my tie rods but hopefully they will the idler. I am going to hit them with a few issues at the same time. Has anyone had a problem with the dealers warrantying the idler or pitman arms? If they do warranty it I will be selling a new factory idler arm with bushing still in the unopened package.
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Hope it works out, but if not, I used a good impact on the puller then gave it a good whack . It;s all about the big hammer...
 

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I almost folded my puller! The jaws wouldn't grab enough to get a perfectly pull. I tried a pitman puller but the jaws wouldn't fit in with the seal. What type of puller were you using? I have about 7 different sizes and shapes and only one two jaw med size would fit. I need a pickle fork on an air hammer! I think that would get it done. As for a hemmer I tried the pickle fork with a 15lb sledge hammer. Granted I couldn't get a big swing but I did hit it pretty hard. Hmmm, maybe a cutting torche! He, he, he
 

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If there is room, try to place a 5 lb sledge against one side and hit the other side with a good sized hammer. This almost always works for me after a few whacks. Good luck.
 

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My pitman arm puller was a tight fit . but I worked it on over the seal and it worked. It wasn't easy but it will fit.
 

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my aftermarket warranty (Service gaurd) replaced mine at 62000 on my 05 along with the front ds wheelbearing and lower ball joints and some other items saved me 1800
 

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I almost folded my puller! The jaws wouldn't grab enough to get a perfectly pull. I tried a pitman puller but the jaws wouldn't fit in with the seal. What type of puller were you using? I have about 7 different sizes and shapes and only one two jaw med size would fit. I need a pickle fork on an air hammer! I think that would get it done. As for a hemmer I tried the pickle fork with a 15lb sledge hammer. Granted I couldn't get a big swing but I did hit it pretty hard. Hmmm, maybe a cutting torche! He, he, he
I didn't have too much problem with the pitman/idler to the drag link, but removing the pitman arm was harder.
I used this KD Pitman puller. I paid $32ish at NAPA.
http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/KD-2289.html
I had to file the gap between the jaws just a little, to be able to wedge this around the seals.
 

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When we did mine, we used a flat hammer tool in the air hammer. Pushed the idler right out of the centerlink.
 
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