Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Pitman Arm

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Pitman Arm

If your steering wheel feels loose, you loose the ability to steer, or the car starts wandering on the road, you may need to replace the pitman arm. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Pitman Arm Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2008 Honda Ridgeline $186 $116.38 $70.00 16% $223.88
2010 Nissan Frontier $214 $116.30 $98.00 19% $266.80
2011 Ford Focus $158 $67.18 $91.00 23% $206.93
2012 BMW 750i $186 $116.38 $70.00 16% $223.88
2010 Acura MDX $186 $116.38 $70.00 16% $223.88
2012 BMW M5 $186 $116.38 $70.00 16% $223.88
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Pitman Arm?

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The pitman arm is part of the steering component in your vehicle. It is connected to the sector shaft and moves in a circular motion with the help of the ball joint. This motion causes the wheels to move left or right, depending on which way the steering wheel is moved. It is important you have your pitman arm in good working condition because poor steering can be hazardous to you and those around you. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of a bad or failing pitman arm.

1. Poor steering

If 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. Since this is part of your steering and is critical for proper operation of the steering system, the diagnostics and repair should be done by the professionals at YourMechanic. Contact them as soon as you notice your vehicle is not steering like it used to and have your pitman arm replaced.

2. Wandering to the left or right while on the road

Is your vehicle pulling to one side or the steering seems difficult? It is time to have your pitman arm looked at. A bad or failing pitman arm can cause your vehicle to not respond appropriately when you turn the wheel. Not only can it have lots of play, it can be highly inaccurate or seem to have a mind of its own while you are driving down the road. This can be especially dangerous during hazardous weather conditions or on a busy highway.

3. Inability to steer

When the pitman arm completely fails, you will lose all steering in your vehicle. The pitman arm should be replaced before the problem gets to this point. This is a dangerous situation, so if you notice any of the symptoms above, they should be looked at before the pitman arm completely fails. If you do lose the ability to steer, do not keep driving. Slow down to a stop and call for assistance.

If you have poor steering, your vehicle seems to wander, or you have lost all ability to steer, chances are your pitman arm needs to be replaced. Book a service online 24/7 at YourMechanic to have this completed in a timely manner and before your steering completely fails. In addition, if you drive off-road often, inspect your pitman arm for wear and replace it as needed to keep yourself and others safe.

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Scott

33 years of experience
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Scott
33 years of experience
Great service, even though I was given the wrong parts the first time he stuck around and made it all work.
2010 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500 HD - PITMAN ARM - TEMPE, ARIZONA

Matt

12 years of experience
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Matt
12 years of experience
Thank you for an awesome first experience with YOURMechanic! Looking forward to working with you again!
2000 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 - PITMAN ARM - TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Chris

19 years of experience
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Chris
19 years of experience
The first thing I liked about Chris was he called me and explained that he would be a little late. It was no fault of his and showed up when he said he would. Chris was very professional in his line work he had all the proper tools he listened to what needed to be done and went right to work. He is a real Mechanic ! Great job Chris... Douglas Knox
1989 CHEVROLET C1500 - PITMAN ARM - GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA

Joseph

30 years of experience
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Joseph
30 years of experience
Joseph did a great job on my truck. I will request him next time I need a repair! I am completely satisfied with Joseph and Your Mechanic.
1992 CHEVROLET C1500 - PITMAN ARM - DALLAS, TEXAS

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