Originally Posted by ALANSD
for the panel of experts- here is a shot of the problem piece, and the rplacement to follow just to keep me on the right page here. I will try to exert some pressure on the bottom of the taper and see if it will shake loose with a hit or two, and then go the heat route or gear puller if I can get my hands on one.
I had the same problem listed in this old thread. I didn't find a definitive solution to the problem. I also had the bolt holding the steering dampener stuck on. I tried the following with no success.
1. Lots of break free spray
2. Hitting with a hammer (2.5Lb sledge) many times
3. Using a jack to push directly up on the stuck bolt with wood in between.
Solution - easy!!! Pitman Arm puller tool from Autozone. Free loan tool. Didn't take to much to break lose. Please see pix.
Now, to get the bolts off inside the frame is not easy. I searched and never found a good clear solution on the Air fourms. It's to deep for a wrench. You could cut off the extension for the bumper to gain better access. However, I took a 3/8 ratchet and put a 9/16 crowfoot on it. I had to tape the ratchet to a pipe to get it into the frame. Once in the frame and on the 1st bolt I turned the steering dampener with my hand. You could use a pipe wrench or whatever to grip the dampener if tight. I've attached a pic of a crowfoot. I never used one before today. After turning the dampener I got both bolts off. I did soak them many times in break free spray. Overall removing the steering dampener is not a good experience. I plan to purchase Bilstiens since removal is difficult and I don't want to do this again.