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Tearing apart a solid axle ('84) and my manual says that to get the steering knuckle arms and bearing caps off, I need this special Toyota tool. Is this true or is there a poor-man's solution?

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Brute force and blunt objects?

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To get those steering arms off you need a brass drift (piece of 3/4 brass rod)and some penetrating oil. Take the nuts off the steering arms then place the drift directly on top of the stud. Then begin wailing on it with a heavy hammer, eventually you will see that little washer pop up. It is not a normal washer, it is a cone washer, they are tapered and go about 1/4 to 3/8 deep into the knuckle so you can not pry it out. Brass is very soft and will not damage the studs, you may get lucky and they will pop out on the first wack, I had to let mine soak fo a few hours, hammering every half hour, don't be shy with that hammer. There are few great write ups on the net somewhere with lots of pictures.

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on mine I just smacked the arm from either side and up and down a few times with a (BF)hammer and it loosened up and popped off.
tho my knuckles were leaking so badly at the time, it was all fairly soaked in oil, which probably helped...
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the coned washers have a split down em and I made a small chisel tapered the same as the coned washer and spread the coned washer a bit and with lots of penetrating oil and a brass drift on the arm stud I hammer the drift hard and usually they pop off and I try and usualy get maybe 2 or 3 off but of course one fights all the way .I then bang the arm on both sides and manage to lift the arm a little and that loosens the last few coned washers.The job can really suck especially if its never been removed since the factory put em on so expect it to be a tough job but once you get them off and use some sort of anti seize on the threads and coned washer you wont have a problem again. good luck
 
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