Sterering Shaft Install

Discussion in 'Kenworth Forum' started by Bridgestreetblues, Dec 22, 2021.

  1. Bridgestreetblues

    Bridgestreetblues Light Load Member

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    I absolutely did not expect to ask a question like this about such a simple two bolt install but....
    When I recieved this part it came with this tag and bag including one(1) bolt and nut with these copper spacers? Thay make a point of saying on the tag "do not use old bolt" well ok which one? I'm sure it's the lower one because it takes more abuse but the spacers...what are they for? The only place they would fit is over the spline coming out of the gear box. Feeling pretty dumb at the moment.

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  3. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

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    I can’t see the ends of the shaft in the picture but is there a ujoint on one end of the shaft?
    The copper looking pieces look like the clips that go on the inner side of the ujoint caps to hold them in.
    Do both ends of the shaft take a bolt and a nut?
    Or does one end take a bolt threaded in to a hole with no nut?
     
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    I don’t recall ever hearing about retorque every 50 k
     
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  5. Rideandrepair

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    I’m guessing the side ( red) for the steering box has a yoke welded to it. Leave the yoke on the steering box, don’t take it off. Hook up the new shaft using the u joint. I’m guessing other side ( inside Truck) has just a spline shaft. So you’ll have to remove the pinch bolt and yoke from the old shaft, and put it on the new one, using the new pinch bolt. The clips are for the u joint. Surprised they didn’t give you 4. I’d just get 2 new u joints, they’ll come with the clips also, since changing them is easy now. Half as much work since shafts already out. My FLD has a sealed u joint at the steering box, and an old style with grease fitting inside the Cab. I don’t know why. Seems backwards to me. I’ve had to replace the old style (with grease fitting) on both of my prior Trucks at the steering box around 600k. Both u joints on my current Truck are still tight, after 2 mil miles. Made Me a believer in the sealed greaseless type. I’d still change them if I had my column out. A picture of both ends would help.
     
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  6. Bridgestreetblues

    Bridgestreetblues Light Load Member

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    Yes I thought they did look like ujoint clips but the shaft has ujoint pre installed with both ends taking a bolt and nut. I guess it's just that it can be used for different applications. Mine just has two bolts and nuts with the same looking ends that go onto splines.
     
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  7. Bridgestreetblues

    Bridgestreetblues Light Load Member

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    No the shaft is complete with ujoints installed, both ends are in the engine bay, they are the same at both ends with through bolts and nuts. I guess it's because it can be used on different trucks.
     
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  8. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

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    My guess is someone screwed up the hardware that was sent.
    It most likely should have come with two bolt set ups and NO ujoint clips.
    With that being said I have had steering shafts unbolted and rebolted many times over the years for various service procedures with out replacing the bolts.
    I never ran into a problem.
     
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  9. Bridgestreetblues

    Bridgestreetblues Light Load Member

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    Yeah I think it's because htey are used in different trucks. I am going to buy two new grade 8 bolts and nuts just because. Can't hurt.
     
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  10. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

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    Sure you could do that for your own piece of mind.
     
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  11. Bridgestreetblues

    Bridgestreetblues Light Load Member

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    Done...two pinch couplings two bolts two nuts easy peasy
     
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