TORQUE ROD BUSHING REPLACEMENT.
This task covers:
Personnel Required: 1
Power wash or brush torque rod(s)
5/8 NC bolt and self locking
5/8 NC, GRC nuts (8)
General Safety Instructions:
Tool kit, mechanics general
Front tires chocked and brakes released
Shop equipment, common No. 1,
Semitrailer must be supported using
jack stands at front and rear to
prevent shifting. All weight must be
taken off the suspension components.
Replacement of torque rod bushings may be accomplished without the use of
a press or special tools. Hand check torque rods for free play at the ends to
determine the need for replacement. Do not use a pry bar or lever to check
for free play. To do so may lead to premature bushing failure.
Work on only one torque rod at a time in order to avoid possible altering of axle
alignment. In addition, by completely removing and refitting only one torque
rod at a time, the chance of torque rod mix-up (which could lead to re-alignment
of the suspension or loss of axle planing angle and consequent axle damage)
will be eliminated. If necessary prior to removal, mark one end of torque rod
relative to installation location and orientation to avoid possible reversing
torque rod during reinstallation.
Cage brakes of axle(s) involved in removal procedure.
Remove 5/8 in. bolt (4), self locking nut and spigot cap (3) and discard bolt and nut.