Is this bolt supposed to be backed off?

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  1. Joseph James

    Joseph James Well-Known Member

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    It is a bolt holding the steering box. Driver side bottom of box. This alarmed me. I couldn’t get a good picture, but you can see the threads and part of the bolt head.

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    Joseph James Well-Known Member

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    Better puc

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    Trace 300 Hurst Well-Known Member

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    That absolutely SHOULD alarm you.
     
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    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Some dill-rod probably forgot to properly torque it, tighten it up and torque it per FSM and check the rest of the mounting bolts while you are at it. Hopefully the bolt on the photo is not broken or stripped out.

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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I had the same think happen to me. Make sure you clean everything up and use some loctite. I haven't had a problems since but I still check it regularly over the driving season now.
     
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    Thanks. I’ll tighten it down. Someone has worked on steering before. There are marks where they beat on stuff.

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    it won’t tighten any. Could it be mixed up with the others? The two on the other side are shorter and have nuts on them.
     
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    Can you back it out and see what's going on? Too long, etc?
     
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    it is pretty long. I’ll try backing it out shortly. Just finished packing the wheel bearing that side.
     
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    Normally Chrysler installed one stud to aid in the installation at the factory. Check to see if the bolt is bottomed out in the frame. Also Chrysler usually had a shim under one of the mounting locations as not all of the stub frames had the mounting area totally flush. If you need the shim, install one or you could break a mounting stud off the gearbox.
     
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    The steering coupler has been rebuilt, factory gaskets were black, most replacements are orange. The bolt, assuming it is the correct one, may have gotten cross threaded which is why it won't move, or someone may have installed the wrong bolt. You should remove it and check the threads for signs of damage. If the bolt is damaged, you may need a new on and you will probably need to run an appropriate tap into the hole to clean off any burrs (no not that, the bolt hole!).

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    Bolt is hitting another frame member welded crosswise to the one it threads in. The head on the bolt is the same as the two on the other side. Odd shaped head.
     
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    Now you found the location where the stud should be. The stud should thread in all the way to the shoulder, You will need about two inches after to have enough room for the lock washer and nut.
     
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    My poor Fury was patched together. I keep finding things like this.
     
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    For some people, the options are: do it half-ass or don't do it all.
     
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    You might also have the remains of the broken stud still in the base of the bolt hole. If so, that will need to come out before a new stud can be installed.

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    Indeed. One of the things was they wired the neutral safety switch wiring to the oil pressure switch (which was bad).
     
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    Forrest Gump: gots more smart than previous owner
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    Old cars are like a box of chocolates, never know what you are going to get.

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    I actually tried to find previous owner(s) on social media through the court docket when the car was seized. 4 defendants.