Pitman Arm : The pitman arm is the linkage attached to the steering box that converts the steering gearbox sector shaft into the linkages needed to steer the vehicle’s wheels. The Pitman arm bolts to the bottom of sector shaft to support the drag link or center link with a ball joint. Its function is to transmit the motion it receives from the steering box into the drag or center link allowing it to move from left or right to turn the wheels in the desired direction. The idler arm is used on the opposite side of the center link or drag link of the Pitman arm and the vehicle’s frame to hold keep the center or drag link at the proper height.
When you have a pitman arm problem, this means the ball joint on the end of it could be worn out. Some pitman arms do not have a ball joint built into it and should not ever be a problem. Warning signs of a bad pitman arm may include a sway like feel in the steering.
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