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so i took my truck it thinking it was out of alignment (uneven tire wear) and it turns out my pitman and idler arms need to be replaced. i am relatively mechanicaly inclined and have access to all the right tools and a lift. my question is, it is somehting worth doing myself or should i fork up the $500 for parts and labor?
 

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Are the parts MOOG they will be putting on? Depends on how comfortable you feel with it. 500 seems reasonable for that.
 

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what kind of truck?
 

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i decided to do it myself. i went with moog parts and got a discount because im a student so it turned out to be about 160 for everything. so that along with a new water pump and cv will be going on my truck tomorrow!
 

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I've changed some of the steering components on GM cars before. If your truck is about the same (don't see them being much different) I wouldn't pay someone $500 to do it.
 

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thanks for your input! i looked under there today and looks like after moving the steering box and maybe the sway bar, it shouldnt take very long (i have pullers for the pitmnan arm) thanks for the words of wisdom guys!
 

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hey guys i got my new pitman/idler arms on...im thinkin an alignment is due now am i correct? the steering seems a bit off...or did i do something wrong?
 

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I just replaced my Idler arm and pitman arm with MOOG, what a PITA. The idler was fairly simple but the pitman has splines and you need a pitman arm puller and you don't have every much room under there. I got it out eventually after heating it up but I busted my hands pretty good. I think I know why they charge so much now. Have fun.
 

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If your steering is off pretty bad you might not have the splines lined up properly and yes you need an alignment on top of that.
 

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i think i had more trouble with the idler arm than the pitman! i had to take the entire assembly off to get the front nut off the idler assembly...oh well i got it done and its wayyy tighter now!

pgemma- I think that is the reason my steering wheel is a bit off now. its not much, maybe an 1/8th of a turn? am i gonna have to take the pitman arm off again and realign it?
 

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If its not a ton I would assume it just needs aligned, but if it is off a good amount you might be off one. Did you already have it aligned?
 

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my truck i had to pull the power steering pump from the truck so i said fuck it and let a shop do it i payed 525 with a lifetime warranty
 

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havent had time to take it in yet. its not off a whole lot but i dunno it could be off a spline who knows.

525 is wayyyy too much money to spend to changed these things out. theres only 3 bolts holding the power steering pump on and you can just move it out of the way. either leave the top bolt loose and hold it out of the way or take it all the way out and zip tie it out of the way. regardless, anyone could change these things out, providing they have the proper tools
 

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providing they have the proper tools
If not the 500 bucks is worth it. Ive seen so many people try to do jobs with the wrong tools and end up bringing it back for us to fix.
 

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Are the parts MOOG they will be putting on? Depends on how comfortable you feel with it. 500 seems reasonable for that.
Is it worth it to get the Gm parts or are the MOOG better?

Should i replace the bracket Assy. too?
 

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I would go with MOOG because 1. they are probably cheaper, and 2. Thay will have greese fittings.
 

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Should i replace the bracket Assy. too?
I found out I have to replace my pitman and idler arms on mine and got the parts to do it from NAPA the other day. The guy asked me if I needed the pivot bracket...should I have gotten it?
 

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When I bought my new idler they asked me if I wanted just the arm or the arm+bracket (they called it frame I think). I was like "just the arm, surely that bracket is not a wear item" (but why would they sell it?) I got just the arm.

When I replaced I saw that the bracket/frame thing actually does have some moving parts inside it and a grease zerk so maybe it does wear, oh well, my whole sterring linkage reaplcement made a huge difference even with leaving the old idler bracket on.
 

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Thanks for the input..I'll see when I tear into mine.
 
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