A recent recall affecting certain Dana Spicer D- and E-Series steer axles has prompted Navistar and Paccar to recall nearly 19,000 combined trucks. Volvo, Mack and Autocar already recalled more than 1,000 trucks due to the steer axle issue.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, the castellated nut on the steer axles may not be properly torqued, allowing the tie rod to loosen. If the tie rod loosens, it can disconnect from the steering knuckle, causing a complete loss of steering in the trucks.
The recall affects trucks equipped with certain Dana D-Series and E-Series steer axles. NHTSA documents state that drivers of affected trucks would notice an audible noise and looseness in steering before the tie rod fully disconnects.
The recall issued by Paccar includes approximately 17,737 model year 2016 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks in most models. Affected Kenworth models include: K170, T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880 and W900. Peterbilt trucks affected by the recall include the following models: 220, 320, 325, 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 389, 389G, 567, 579 and 587.
Paccar clarifies that only approximately 2 percent of trucks included in the recall are actually affected, however, the company has to check all of the Dana steer axles for improperly torqued nuts.
Paccar will begin notifying truck owners on Nov. 10. Affected truck owners can contact Peterbilt customer service at 1-940-591-4000 with recall number P817-C and Kenworth customer service at 1-425-828-5000 with recall number 17KWD. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-593.
Navistar is also recalling approximately 1,175 model year 2016 trucks. Affected models include: 9900i, DuraStar, LoneStar, ProStar, TerraStar, TranStar and WorkStar.
The company will begin notifying owners on Nov. 17. Owners can contact Navistar customer service at 1-331-332-1590 with recall number 17507. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-575.