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I was reading that you should have the rear u-bolts re-torqued every 15K miles. :o Anyone had a problem with the rear suspension? By that being a 15K mile maintenance item it makes me think there has been a problem along the way somewhere. But, if a problem exists wouldn't 15k be a bit long to put off the re-torque/inspection? :headscratch: I think I'll check mine a bit sooner.

FYI, torque is 92 ft.lbs. in the typical cross bolt pattern and the vehicle MUST be resting on it's wheels (not jacked up).

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I was reading that you should have the rear u-bolts re-torqued every 15K miles. :o Anyone had a problem with the rear suspension? By that being a 15K mile maintenance item it makes me think there has been a problem along the way somewhere. But, if a problem exists wouldn't 15k be a bit long to put off the re-torque/inspection? :headscratch: I think I'll check mine a bit sooner.

FYI, torque is 92 ft.lbs. in the typical cross bolt pattern and the vehicle MUST be resting on it's wheels (not jacked up).

thanks......i was thinking of that also.....thanks for the torque setting

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I was just gearing up for this service myself.

Thanks for the torque spec also.

Does anyone have a manual outlining what gets lubed at this service.

I was looking for a service manual on CD on fleabay but i haven't seen one yet.

Thanks!

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Re-posting this because I'm curious myself. Is this a doable DIY maintenance job?

 

My wonderful 2013 XLT just hit 55,000 miles and I'm trying to stay on top of things!

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Is it "doable"?   Of course it is, if you have a good, calibrated torque wrench.

 

Is it necessary?  In all my years working around vehicles (almost three decades now), I've never seen this area fail.

Well, I've seen some failures on YouTube ... under the "If it wasn't on video, no one would believe it" category.  But I've never seen or heard of it in any of my travels or work.

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This is a new one on me. Not suggesting to anyone NOT to do it, but I have never heard of this as part of regular maintenance.

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The Gen 1 has leaf springs.  Some vehicles with leaf spring want a retorque on the u-bolts just to take account for the possible stretch.  If there was going to be a problem it would have appeared by 55000 miles.

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Wear depends on user.  Some people load and tow more weight than others.

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