Originally Posted by for3300
I have an 83 Chevy Silverado, 350. Put a new steering gear box on. Not sure how far the pitman arm is supposed to up on the new box, and what tool I am supposed to use to get it that far. I have checked the Haynes manual, and they tell you how to take it off and simlply say, "reinstall is the reverse procedure". Which is true but doesn't help me in this case.
With clean splines properly aligned, all it takes is torquing the nut correctly to secure the pittman arm- the splines are tapered. You might have an indexed spline- where a spline is missing- that correctly orientates the pittman, because it will only go on one way.
If the nut's 1-5/16", the torque is 180 ft/lb. I've always run them down w/an impact wrench- but I cannot suggest you do the same.