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    pittman arm on steering box

    when I have both front wheel lifted off the ground, I can move the wheels side to side maybe an inch before the steering shaft moves. When the wheels are on the ground and load bearing, there is no play. (I have adjusted the steering box) The play comes from the movement of the pittman arm as it slides up and down the shaft it is attached to. This shaft comes from the steering box. This allows many of the other parts of the suspensions system to move around

    Is there supposed to be a bushing on this shaft to keep the arm in place?? Is this normal? I cannot see any loose bolts, but there is a gap between the Pittman arm and the top/bottom of the shaft. I assume the weight of the vehicle stablizes this. I am thinking this is intentional so when the car moves up and down over bumps and hills, there can be movement here.

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    replace the pitman arm

    http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Maintenance/Steering/steering_link.htmShogun E32 Tech Tips: http://twrite.org/shogunnew/topmenu.html

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    Re: replace the pitman arm

    Shogun, were you referring me to a writeup on how to do it? I have since looked at a part diagram and see that there is a spacer part #32211130947 that seems to be missing. After 238,000 miles and 20 years, it could easily have just disintegrated. Rich
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    maybe the spacer #13 disappeared over the years

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=GC83&mospid=47365&btnr=32_0337& hg=32&fg=25&hl=103&lang=enUS

    there is no real write up how to do it, but easy to understand when you start the job, all from below, a pit is of advantageShogun E32 Tech Tips: http://twrite.org/shogunnew/topmenu.html

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