2018 - TDP's 22nd Anniversary
What's New: | Feature Articles: | Product Reviews: | Member's Area: | Subscribe:
Duramax 6600 Diesel Page | Advertiser's Section | Classified Ads | Photo Album | Diesel Books, GM Licensed T-shirts

Go Back Forums > Chevrolet & GMC 2500HD/3500 Light Trucks > 2500HD/3500 HD Trucks & Drivetrain
Register FAQ Members List Photo Album Mark Forums Read

2500HD/3500 HD Trucks & Drivetrain Discussion Forum for the 2001 & newer 2500HD/3500 Trucks, Transmissions & Drivetrain

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-08-2012, 06:52 PM
ron7000 ron7000 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 2
Default hard to change steering gear 2500hd ?

have a 2006 2500HD sierra and the steering gear is on its way out.
what are the chances I can change this myself, what is needed?
Does the front end need to be off the ground?
Any special tools?
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2012, 08:37 PM
JohnC's Avatar
JohnC JohnC is offline
Enemy of the State
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: New Hampshire - Live Free or Die
Posts: 5,210

You can do it yourself. The front end will have to be off the ground. It may be possible to do it on the ground but access will be a pain and once you disconnect the steering you will have no way of moving things around, which means they will certainly be in your way.

Over all I would rate it as "not fun".

You will need a separator for the pitman arm.

Check the adjustments on the replacement. I have had two that I think they either adjusted wrong or not at all... Much easier to correct on the bench!
"Need" - Wanting to get someone else's money.
"Greed" (formerly meant what "need" means today) - wanting to keep your own.
"Compassion" - a politician's willingness to arrange the transfer.
-Joseph Sobran

Current oil burners: MB 350SDL, Kubota 7510
Gone but not forgotten: '87 F350 7.3, '91 C2500 6.5, '95 K2500 6.5, '06 K2500HD 6.6
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2012, 08:50 PM
DmaxMaverick's Avatar
DmaxMaverick DmaxMaverick is offline
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: CA
Posts: 11,888

Don't worry about removing the pitman arm. If the box is shot, the pitman arm isn't far behind (or the actual reason for the failure). Just replace it.

The job isn't bad. About like replacing a starter....Twice.
1985 Blazer 6.2
2001 GMC 2500HD D/A
2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel - Fabulous car, no problems at all, but sold Nov. 2016 @ 55K miles.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 09:15 AM
Kennedy Kennedy is offline
Long Distance Crew Chief for BMDMAX
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Loyal WI US
Posts: 10,591

Over the years I have picked up many contacts. I haven't talked to the guy in a few years now as I recall, but I did have conversation with Harvey at Red Head Steering Gears. Might be worth checking out. I have no first hand experience with his products, but am really skeptical about production shop rebuilds.
Kennedy Diesel-owner
More than just a salesman-I use and test the products that I sell on a daily basis!
Superflow Lie Detector in house
2002 Chev K2500HD D/A CC Long LT 11.77@ 124mph at 7700# fuel only-e.t. needs help
2005 Chev K3500SRW D/A CC Long LT(SOLD)
2007 Chev K2500 Classic EC Short LT (Sold)
2012 GMC K3500SRW D/A CC Long LTZ Happy Birthday to me! Built 1 working day after my birthday and delivered 7 days later.
2016 GMC K3500SRW D/A CC short LTZ

Custom tuning in house using EFI Live tuning software!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1996-2018 by - All Rights Reserved