May have to replace my steering box because of this dam thing! All I was doing was installing a new track bar and the slick steering arm brace. The brace sounded like a good idea because of all the Steering box problems I have seen on-line. Now I have a major problem.
This is what I was trying to install:
The nut/bearing surface in the left of the picture is what I am having problems with.
While trying to install the Rock Solid steering arm brace I start installing the new nut/bearing surface, it screws on about half way and gets a little tight, I think no big deal and try and get past the tight spot with the wrench, it will not turn so I try and back it off and inspect it and it will not back off either. The nut is stuck half on, broke a 1/2in extension trying to get it to unscrew and nothing, like its welded on! Next, I go get a 1 3/8” impact socket thinking it should be able to take it off, of course this does not work either. I think the impact will not work because the whole assembly can move so the impact really is not having the ability to do its job. At this point I think the only option is to pull the steering box and put the pitman arm in a big ass vice to see if the impact can take it off while the steering shaft is not able to move. Really worried at this point that the threads on the shaft will be messed up when/if I ever get this dam nut off causing me to purchase a whole new steering box for $720.
I called Rock Solid and they did say they had one other problem with the nut not being tapped properly before but not to the extent I am seeing, they are sending me a new one. I would be happy just to be able to get the stock nut back on so I could drive the Jeep. I just can’t understand how this thing is so stuck on there, never seen anything like it, I used little to no force putting it on to the point it is and then BAM, stuck like its welded on. It is not cross threaded either, that would have been evident right after starting it on such a large nut I would not have gotten 1 thread engaged. Anybody seen something like this before?
Does anybody have any tips for taking the steering box out? It looks like I need to remove the coil spring to get at one of the bolts? Other than that it just looks like I just have to remove the drag link, the coolant overflow tank, power steering lines, and disconnect the steering linkage. Is this correct? Any gotchas I need to know about?
This whole thing is about to drive me insane, should have been a simple upgrade and turning out to be a nightmare.
Thank You in advance for any advice you can give me.