Pitman Arm Installation
Proper installation of the pitman arm is critical to the shaft operation of the vehicle. Follow these procedures for
the attachment. Correct torque values are very important! Use lubricant where indicated.
IF THE PITMAN ARM IS NOT APPLIED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATIONS THE
PITMAN ARM COULD WORK LOOSE OR LOSE ITS ATTACHMENT AND CAUSE
AN ACCIDENT. IF THE PITMAN ARM IS FOUND LOOSE, REPLACE THE
PITMAN ARM AND SECTOR SHAFT. NEVER WELD THE ARM OR SHAFT.
Small ball peen hammer
Measuring device graduated to 32nds
Small tapered punch
Torque wrench (350 ft./lbs. minimum)
3/4" allen head socket
Anti-Seize Lubricant MIL-A-907 or equivalent
5/8" allen head socket
Suitable socket for drag link nut
FOR OTHER EQUIPMENT, TOOLS OR SAFETY PROCEDURES ALWAYS FOLLOW
THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER'S PROCEDURES FOR LIFTING AND
Tab lock retainer kit (optional)
Manufacturer's Technical Manual
R. H. Sheppard Co. Maintenance & Troubleshooting Video (Optional)
WARNIOR G SEALS, COTTER PINS, RETAINERS OR CRITICAL
NEVER USE OLD
FASTENERS. ALWAYS BUY A NEW SEAL KIT. USE ONLY MANUFACTURER
APPROVED REPLACEMENT PARTS.
THE PITMAN ARM SHOULD BE INSTALLED AFTER THE STEERING GEAR IS
MOUNTED ON THE VEHICLE SO PROPER TORQUE CAN BE APPLIED TO THE
PITMAN ARM. LACK OF PROPER TORQUE WILL CAUSE LOOSENESS OF THE
PITMAN ARM AND CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENT!
1. Install the pitman arm on the output shaft,
aligning the timing mark of the pitman arm
with the timing mark of the output shaft.
Some pitman arms will have more than one
timing mark. Consult your Vehicle Manufac-
turer's Service Manual for the proper timing
mark for your vehicle (Figure 52).
2. If you are reusing a tab lock retainer, inspect the assembly for broken tabs or thread damage before installa-
tion. Replace the retainer if any damage is found.
3. If a new retainer is required, read the instruction sheet supplied with the retainer kit carefully! Discard the
parts that are not required for your application.