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Steering box bolts

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PROFESSORSK5, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. PROFESSORSK5

    PROFESSORSK5 Registered Member

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    I am having a problem with the steering box bolts on my 89 k5 silverado. First I sheared a bolt off about six months ago, so I replaced all three bolts with grade 8 bolts. Now I am having trouble with the bolts loosening up about every 2 or 3 months. Does anybody know a fix for this problem? /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Have you used locktite and/or lock washers?

    If those dont work, take a center punch and hit each bolt end(not the head end), around the outside edge. This will slightly expand the bolt end and wont let it vibrate loose. You can still remove them, but they will have to be replace if you ever take them out.
     
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    When I repaired my frame I put some red locktite on the bolts before installing them, that was about 6-7 months ago and I haven't had any problem with them yet.
     
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    So you only replaced 3 out of the 4 bolts?

    Rene
     
  5. PROFESSORSK5

    PROFESSORSK5 Registered Member

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    Thank You
    I will try some Loc Tight and lock washers. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  6. PROFESSORSK5

    PROFESSORSK5 Registered Member

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    Also I will try the center punch just to make sure they don't come loose again. Thaks again. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Dude,use longer bolts and put a nut on the end of them. Never had another problem. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    There are 4 bolts...one is a bitch to get to...dont know how your supposed to tighten it...did you torque to 80 ft lbs?

    I'm in the process of this but got sick...
     
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    You guys are correct there are four bolts. I was sure there were three but I looked and there are four. I will take care of this next week. Thanks again for all the suggesstions /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     

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