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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:48 pm 
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On the lighter side of repairs, a multimeter is a great tool to have around.
Unlike older vehicles, you can't just go probing @ wires with a test light to find electrical problems in certain systems.
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some people can't live with out:

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(notice the pieces are in the best shape ever)

I have a tool box in my X that just has your basic sockets,wrenches and screwdrivers....for now

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Pitman arm puller - Here's a tool that's a must for removing your pitman arm.
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What size is this tool? Yeah I'm to lazy to measure, besides it 11 at night.

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Bklyn.X wrote:
RIXterra wrote:
Pitman arm puller - Here's a tool that's a must for removing your pitman arm.
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What size is this tool? Yeah I'm to lazy to measure, besides it 11 at night.


I don't know the size off hand, but I do know they come in a couple different sizes. :wink:

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Thanks brother, that was really helpful. :thumbup:

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How's this?

This is the one I have...

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Bklyn.X wrote:
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Pitman arm puller - Here's a tool that's a must for removing your pitman arm.
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What size is this tool? Yeah I'm to lazy to measure, besides it 11 at night.


While they do come in different sizes, they are standard. If you go to pick one up, just tell them what you have and they'll know. Unless you have a dump truck or bus for a big-ass puller.


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Tom do you have a Harbor Freight near you? If not you can buy them there for roughly $10-15 each.

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How's this?


Thank you, even more helpful. :D

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Tom do you have a Harbor Freight near you? If not you can buy them there for roughly $10-15 each.


Thanks Gene, I?ll let you know.

The Nissan service manual has you use a Conical Pitman Arm Puller to remove the pitman arm.
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What would be the benefits or disadvantages (besides price) of using ether of these tools??

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It looks as though the conical one may be stronger. I have the style on the right and used it many times. It cost me $35 at NAPA. Be aware of the cheapies. I broke two of them before spending money on a good one. The money I spent on the first two would have paid for the one that has lasted years.


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If you don't have one, get a code reader. You don't have to be an experienced mechanic to make great use of one. Mine has literally saved me thousands. If I get a code, I write it down and clear it and see if it comes back. Often it does not. A shop or the dealer will want to replace the part. One part can cover the cost of the scanner.

Since the ECU (computer) is just a glorified voltage meter, you will often get errant codes while wheeling through the mud. A little moisture can send a faulty code. After I sank my truck, I had codes for months but I kept trying to dry things out and clearing them. Eventually, they were gone for good. Mine reads the codes and gives the electrical values, which I can check against the ESM.

I have this on my laptop: http://www.autotap.com/ paid for it once and all upgrades have been free.


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Tom I've also used the one to the right many times and it works well for us.. ;)

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I have the one to the left and just wanted to know the difference.

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Gene, the seal driver kit is also available on Harbor Freight.

I just bought mine not too long ago for when I have to do my wheel bearings.

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