REPAIR OF REAR AXLE
Section I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION
steering gear pitman arm connects to a ball stud on the
spider of the steering axle. The movement of the spider
The steering axle is mounted at the rear of the
is transferred through tie rods to the steering knuckles on
lift truck. The steering axle is secured to the frame with
which the wheels are mounted to provide steering for the
axle mounting blocks which are free to pivot as required
as the wheels are turned. The drag link from the
Section II. TIE RODS
Removal and Disassembly
Cleaning and Inspection
a. Wipe the tie rod ends with a cloth dampened with
Remove the tie rods from the spider and
steering knuckles of the steering axle. Disassemble as
dry cleaning solvent P-D-680. Clean all remaining parts
shown in figure 13-1.
with dry cleaning solvent P-D-680 and air dry.
Inspect the tie rod ends for damaged threads,
binding or seizing of the studs, scoring or corrosion of
the stud shaft. Replace damaged tie rods.
Inspect the tie rod for cracks, distortion, and
Dry cleaning solvent P-D-680 is toxic and
damaged threads; replace damaged tie rods.
flammable. Wear protective goggles and gloves
and use only in a well ventilated area. Avoid
contact with skin, eyes, and clothes and don't
Reassembly, Installation and Adjustment
breathe vapors. Do not use near open flame or
Reassemble the locknuts and tie rod ends on
excessive heat. The flash point is 100°F -
the tie rods as shown in figure 13-1. Do not tighten the
138°F. (38°C - 59°C). If you become dizzy while
locknuts until the tie rod length is adjusted.
Install the tie rods between the steering
using cleaning solvent, get fresh air immediately
knuckles and the steer axle spider.
and get medical aid. If contact with eyes is
Adjust the tie rods (TM 10-3930-632-12).
made, wash your eyes with water and get
medical aid immediately.
Figure 13-1. Tie Rod, Disassembly and Reassembly.
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