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Old 10-25-2020, 06:19 AM   #1
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1998 DSDP 38 Yoke Bolts Loose

Friend of mine has a freightliner chassis and broke down last weekend at a Walmart. Started up to leave and coach wouldn't move. Bunch of fluid under the rear. Called for a tow and a local fellow came out to take a look. The yoke bolts had come loose and the yoke moved enough that the tranny dumped it's fluid. The tech told him not to tow the unit and he'd come back in the morning and fix it, which he did. Easy fix, new locktited bolts and a lot of transmission fluid - very expensive transmission fluid. Anyone else heard of this happening? Just curious.
Tom & Carol, Smithfield, VA
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:02 AM   #2
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Most yokes are held on with a single nut or bolt in the center. If that was loose, it could slip out if the seal causing a leak.

The mechanic would need to remove the 4 U joint bolts, to get the driveshaft out of the way, to tighten the yoke nut or bolt.Click image for larger version

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