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Old 04-12-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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Loose steps

We have a 2001 Winn. 33' Brave and the steps are loose. We have a rattling noise when we are on the road and I was thinking that this maybe my problem. I tried to tighten the bolts but they will only tighten in so far as they are shoulder bolts. Is there kits that you can get to replace them or could I use a washer behind the bolt head as a spacer to obtain pressure on the fittings? How as other members corrected this problem?

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Old 04-12-2014, 11:37 AM   #2
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Shoulder bolts are used where a looser fit is necessary, e.g. so a joint can move. Are those shoulder bolts at pivot points, or for mounting to the vehicle? Maybe you have them where they shouldn't be...

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Old 04-12-2014, 01:59 PM   #3
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They at the joints but I was thinking that maybe their to loose.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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We broke a shoulder bolt on our three stepper, can't find the proper length bolt though. Installed a temp bolt. I did notice I'm getting some extra play in the linkages, but for now at least, I'm keeping the pivot points well lubed and that seems to help. It's possible the PO never lube the steps and I may end up replacing the whole step assembly if it gets worse.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:52 PM   #5
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Go buy yourself some spring washers, also called Bellvell washers, and install one under each nut. These will allow everything to be tight but still swivel. You are not going to be able to find them at a big box store, so start looking for a fastener store like Fastenall.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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Do you mean a single step is loose or the whole unit is loose? If the unit is loose then the bolts might have stretched, if so it would be ok to put spacer under the bolts, at least on mine since it is bolted to a couple of rails under the battery compartment. If it is a loose step you have to allow them to move so you night get some nylon washers and put them in between the bolt and nut and the step. My individual steps are riveted not bolted.

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