Warning Signs That a Pitman Arm Needs to be Replaced
A very dangerous thing in a vehicle is if the steering or front control arms give way while you're in motion, and it could be caused by a bad or broken Pitman arm. A quick inspection can prevent a dangerous accident down the road and keep you on the road worry-free.
The Pitman Joints
If the Pitman arm has a joint that is worn out or sloppy that attaches to the center of the rod, or even the drag linkages, then you are looking at needing to replace it. See if it is the seat of the joint or an issue with the Pitman itself, and check for any relevant inconsistencies on the part along its path of contact.
Shake the Pitman with Both Hands
Grab the Pitman arm and shake it with both hands vigorously to see if it moves, or is loose enough to rattle around. If you can move this arm with your hands, you will want to replace it immediately.
Cracks, Breaks or Bends
Check over the Pitman arm for breaks, cracks or bends in the part. Worn steering components will effect the front end of your vehicle, causing the tires to toe outward, wearing your tires quickly. If you find that any of these things apply to your vehicle, you will want to replace the relative parts immediately to prevent an accident while in motion.