How Long Does a Pitman Arm Last?

Your car’s steering system is pretty complex and requires a significant number of components working in harmony in order to ensure that you can steer safely while driving. The Pitman arm is one of the most critical components, and actually connects the steering gear to the steering linkage, and then to the wheels.

The Pitman arm is used every single time you turn the steering wheel (whether the engine is running or not). However, it’s incredibly durable and with the right service and maintenance schedule, it should last for the lifetime of your vehicle. However, it can be damaged in a number of ways, including through auto accidents, if left loose after being serviced and through lack of maintenance.

The most common type of wear and tear for the Pitman arm is actually to the ball socket located at the end of the arm. Like all other ball joints, this one will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Regular lubrication can prolong its life, though. The Pitman arm and other front end components should be lubricated at every service (oil change) and should be inspected regularly to prevent these problems from becoming severe.

Considering how important the Pitman arm is to control over the vehicle, it is essential that you know a few signs and symptoms to look for that indicate unusual wear or impending failure. These signs include:

  • Grease around the boot at the end of the Pitman arm (could indicate damage to the idler arm or tie rod end, or to the Pitman arm)
  • Your steering feels abnormal, or that it’s slipping
  • There’s too much play in the steering wheel
  • The steering feels like it’s wandering

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to take action now. A certified mechanic can inspect your vehicle and replace your Pitman arms, as well as any other front end components, to safely get you back on the road.


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Duane

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Mercury Grand Marquis - Pitman Arm - Lakeside, California
Duane's checked the work requested and found that most of it was not needed the real problem was something else , so he gave me a new quote for the needed repairs and saved me over 250.00 !!! Will recommend him to everyone I know!

Brian

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GMC V1500 - Pitman Arm - Hagerstown, Maryland
Brian was great, completed job within the time frame given and was on time.. Will definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who is looking for a mechanic

Gregory

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Gregory
31 years of experience
Lincoln Navigator - Pitman Arm - Denver, Colorado
Gregory showed up 10 minutes early. On top of that he was very informative about questions I had and even seen a heater hose that was cut that needed to be replaced. Greg even jumped my truck for me after which starts up fine now. Overall im very satisfied with my service which was 2 hours shorter than expected. Thank you so much your the best.

David

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Chevrolet Impala - Pitman Arm - Leesburg, Florida
Came out did a great job very happy with his work very knowledgeable and helpful best mechanic hands down.

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