Pitman Arms

Pitman Arms

The Pitman Arm is very important component of the steering system in your vehicle as it allows your car's steering wheel to turn your wheels to the direction you want to go. Pitman Arms are connected to the cross shaft allowing it to easily transform the rotational motion (via the ball joint) of your steering wheel into lateral movement. This motion causes the wheels to move left or right, depending on which way the steering wheel is moved. The Pitman Arm, as every other component of the suspension system, needs regular maintenance to be able to work efficiently. If you service your Pitman Arms when needed, they will easily last the life of your car. However, if you fail to give it regular maintenance, you will find that between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, your car's steering will falter. In order to avoid this, you should have them inspected regularly every six months. Although, if you drive in rough, rocky, off-road or other harsh conditions, the Pitman Arm will deteriorate faster so it is recommended that you have them inspected every 3 months.

 

It is extremely important to have your pitman arms working in proper conditions because poor steering can be hazardous to you and those around you. Whenever your Pitman Arms begin to damage you will normally notice a few abnormalities in your car´s steering ability. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of a bad or failing pitman arm: front end lurches left or right each time your car runs over potholes or bumps on the road. Also, if f you notice your steering has lots of play while you are driving, such as the wheel turns more than it should before the wheels engage, then chances are your pitman arm needs to be looked at. If you notice your car wandering to the left or right while on the road it may be an indication that your Pitman Arms are failing and they should be inspected immediately. Finally, if you are unable to steer your car it will be an indication that the Pitman Arm has completely failed, this is an extremely dangerous situation and you should try to prevent reaching this point whenever possible.

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