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I decided it was time to replace my box (due to leak and a lot of play), pump, pitman and idler arms. I have the wheels off and started on the idler arm but my puller won’t fit. Looks like I will need a pickle fork. Other than the pickle fork and a 1 5/16 wrench is there any other special tools needed? I did buy a power steering pump pulley remover and installer..
 

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If you're replacing the gearbox, just leave the pitman arm on it and pull the whole thing out the wheel well. I just replaced all my steering bits, but not the pump or box. a HUGE adjustable wrench will do too. All my ball joints politely fell apart when I tapped them 90 off the axis of movement with a small ball peen hammer. I put the Cognito brace kit on. You might want to consider it. Their website has instructions for installing it that will tell you how to get the front end apart anyway, save for the tie-rod ends. Drives like butter now.

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cool. I will try the hammer of axis for the pitman and idler. I need to get them removed from the rod assy.
 

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I actually had to use a pickle fork on the pitman where it connects to the center link, but the idler and outer tie rod ends came apart easily. So... Just in case, I didn't want to... steer you wrong.

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Yes, you will need a pretty big pickle fork to remove the pitman from the center link. If you are replacing the box I wouldn't both removing the pitman arm from the box. It's a huge PIA to do. You need a big wrench to install the new pitman arm on the box, I think you have the right size listed. I would make sure you have some small wrenches to remove the lines from the steering box. It also helps if you have a serpentine belt removal tool. It will give you enough leverage to move the idler pulley far enough to make the belt loose. Make sure you lock that steering wheel in place and it doesn't move while you replace the box. Good luck. I just did all of this past winter and spring.
 

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All is replaced and I even added a p/s oil cooler as well as a p/s inline filter. Truck drives good but I think the pump relief valve shudders sometimes. With the brake pedal down and you turn the wheel sometime you hear a sound like cavitation until you ease off of the demand.
 

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You have to push the brake pretty dang hard to get the relief to open usually. Factory pump and valve?
 
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