Steering box/Pittman arm question

  • 2000 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 304,000 MILES
I am in the process of replacing all of the front suspension parts on my truck due to a broken driver side ball joint. In the process I discovered that the prior owner did something to the suspension to cause the upper control arm shaft bolt on the passenger side to bend as well as the front coil springs to bend. I found out today that the Pittman arm currently on the truck is a ford Pittman arm. The new Chevrolet Pittman arm does not match the existing ford part. The Ford Pittman arm has about a three inch drop and is longer than the Chevrolet part. I am wondering, since I have replaced everything but the steering box and the Pittman arm in the front end, if I should go ahead and replace the steering box and Pittman arm. I am not sure if the steering box is Chevrolet or Ford plus it is seventeen years old and I do not know if it was damaged in any way when the suspension was damaged. I am also worried that the ford Pittman arm is not going to connect to the center-link and I am also concerned about having a Ford part connected to what is now all new parts in the front suspension. The truck was a "work truck" that was owned by the company I used to work for. When I was laid off they offered me the vehicle. It was not maintained very well. The truck has 304,000 miles on it. The engine was replaced at about 270,000 miles which is why I decided to fix the front end. Thanks for any advice, Don
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Thursday, December 28th, 2017 AT 2:13 AM

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My first concern was the truck had a lift kit installed, but that is not likely on an S-10 model or a company-owned truck. What makes you think the steering gear box is a Ford part? The closest thing I could think of to look at is for a Ranger, and those parts are not even close to mounting or connecting the same way.

None of the other steering parts get damaged when a ball joint separates, so unless inspection has shown that a part is worn or sloppy, there is no need to replace everything. Any chance you can post a photo of the bent springs? Are you referring to their normal curvature when installed or some kind of damage?
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Friday, December 29th, 2017 AT 3:28 PM

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