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Bellcrank Advisory Circular

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Date:4/20/2015

RE:SS100

SERVICE DOCUMENT

    1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular recommends checking the bell crank assembly on all Freightliner Chassis equipped motor homes that have exceeded 10,000 miles. Freightliner/Magnum chassis affected are XC and XCS chassis with a I beam front axle. Chassis that should be inspected were produced from the year 1993 to 2012 with a 2 piece drag link. The bell crank affected has a 3 bolt mounting pattern
    2. MAKE/MODELS/YEAR AFFECTED.

RV/CHASSIS/MAKE

COACH/CHASSIS/MODEL

YEAR/NOTES

Airstream

Land Yacht

All

 

Sky Deck

All

 

   

Alpha Leisure

See Ya

2002-2008

 

   

Coachman

Cross Country

2008-2012/3 bolt only

 

Pathfinder

2008-2012/3 bolt only

 

Sport Coach

2008-2011/3 bolt only

 

   

Damon

Astoria

2005-2012/3 bolt only

 

Escaper

2002-2005

 

EscaperLX400

2005

 

Essence

All

 

Tuscany

2002-2012/ 3 bolt only

 

Ultra Sport

2002-2005

Entegra

Aspire 40/42

2009-2012/3 bolt only

 

Insignia

2009-2012/3 bolt only

 

   

Fleetwood

Bounder

2002-2010

 

Discovery

2002-2010

 

Excursion

2003-2012/3 bolt only

 

Expedition

2002-2010

 

Revolution

2002-2005

 

   

Forest River

Charleston

2007-2010

 

Berkshire

2007-2010

 

Reflection

2002-2004

 

   

Georgie Boy

Bellagio

2003-2005

 

Cruise Air (XL)

2002-2005

 

   

Gulfstream

Atrium

2003-2006

 

Caribbean

2009

 

Crescendo

2004-2010

 

Friendship (G)

2002-2007

 

Independence

2002

 

Scenic Cruiser

2002-2006

 

Tour Master

2006-2008

 

Yellowstone

2002-2012/3 bolt only

 

   

Itasca

Ellipse

2008-2010

 

Horizon

2004-2005

 

Latitude

2005-2010

 

Meriden

2002-2013/3 bolt only

 

   

Jayco

Insight

2009-2012/3 bolt only

 

   

King of the Road

Genesis

2004

 

   

Mandalay Coach

Presidio

2006-2009

 

Valencia

2006-2007

 

   

National RV

Pacifica

2007-2008

 

Tropi-Cal

2002-2008

 

   

Newmar

Dutch Star

2002

 

Kountry Star

2002-2005

 

Northern Star

2004-2005

 

Ventana

2006

 

Sport Coach

Cross Country (SE)

2002-2008

 

Elite

2002-2006

 

Encore

2006-2007

 

Pathfinder

2008

 

Sport Coach

2002-2005

 

   

Thor

Astoria

2005-2012/3 bolt only

 

Tuscany

2005-2012/3 bolt only

 

   

Tiffen

Allegro Bus

1998

 

Allegro Bus

2002-2006

 

Phaeton

2002-2009

 

   

Triple E

Embassy

2004-2006

 

Empress

2001-2005

 

Invitation

2007-2010

 

Signature

2002-2010

 

   

Winnebago

Destination

2008-2010

 

Journey

2002-2010

 

Tour

2006-2010

 

Vectra

2004

     
  1. BACKGROUND. The original equipment bellcrank idler assembly has been observed to seize and/or becomes loose, causing reduced steering control (play) in the steering wheel. This does not create a safety hazard but will produce steering play, poor return to center, or wander in the steering system.
  2. RECOMMENDED ACTION. When play in the steering is discovered the following procedure are suggested to check the bell crank idler assembly.
    1. Inspection of outer case for damage
    2. Detach the bellcrank arm (do not check if a 4 bolt assembly)
    3. Check shaft for side to side movement and stiffness
  3. REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
    1. Re-install the OEM bell crank arm if shaft turns freely and shows no side to side movement.
    2. Replace with a SS-100 part bell crank or new OEM bell crank part if the shaft has seized and or side play in the shaft is observed. It is recommended, for ease of inspection, to use a SS-100P Bell Crank Puller for removing the OEM Bell Crank arm. This part will be supplied to first time dealers for an additional $20.00 on your initial order of an SS-100 Bell Crank idler. It should be noted this is a Super Steer Advisory notice.
  4. Information to obtain and install an SS-100 SuperSteer Bell Crank
    1. SuperSteer customer service line is 1-888-898-3281. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm Pacific.
    2. Website: http://www.supersteerparts.com
    3. Removal/Installation video can be viewed at: http://www.supersteerparts.com/education/product-installs/class-a-installs/