Rag Joint - removal and installation

A common mistake with rag joints (flexible couplings) is to think that loosening its "pinch" bolt is all that's required to remove the rag joint from the steering gearbox. Loosening the bolt is not enough, the bolt must be removed from the rag joint for it to slip off the input shaft. The same goes for installation - insert the bolt after the rag joint is positioned on the shaft.

 
 
Rag Joint and Pinch Bolt

Rag Joint and Pinch Bolt

Pinch bolt installed on rag joint

Pinch bolt installed on rag joint

 
Marty Preuss