Table 3-3. U-Bolt Nut Chart
5/8" Flanged Lock Nut
3/4" Flanged Lock Nut
7/8" Hex Head w/Washer
1" Hex Head w/Washer
Check tie rod and rage link end clamp bolts. They must be tight. Ask your service mechanic to examine the
steering mechanism. Minor adjustments could head off further problems.
Check power steering system for leaks or hose chafing. Repair at once.
Maintain proper steering gear and power steering pump lubricant levels.
Regularly inspect steering column joint bolts and steering linkage, particularly for body-to-chassis clearance.
IMPORTANT -Have any steering problems corrected at once by a proper maintenance level.
Failure to maintain the steering system in proper condition can cause reduced steering ability resulting in
personal injury and property damage accidents.
3-16.2 Tightening Steering Column Joint Bolts
CAUTION--Do not overtighten bolts as it may damage equipment.
3-16.2.1 As a good maintenance practice, it is recommended that steering column joint bolts be checked for tightness
every 50,000 miles (80 000 km) or annually, whichever occurs first. Tighten bolts to torque specified in table 3-4.