Last year's bolts that gave problems were marked with a "DJ" date code on them. They were replaced by bolts with 2 different markings on them for this year. They should either say "BB" for a date code, or else have a symbol that looks like a stop sign with a wrench laying on top of it(I don't know how else to describe the symbol). If you have bolts marked with "DJ", get them replaced immediately.
They have changed the bolts which do have a different marking on them and the color is different, don't remember what it is but we already had the new stock in. They have also changed the way you torque them. You use the torque and turn method. Which means you torque it to a certain torque then give it a qaurter or a half turn. Dealers have the service bulletin. When you are useing the brakes do you step on the pedal or do you romp on the pedal? Just asking cause I know of customers that use the brakes when turning and haven't broken a single bolt.
If you turn the steering wheel and use the brake slightly on that side you will turn sharper. It will even turn easier if you have the rear wheel assist on. It will spin in a circle if you wanted it to. Most people just touch the brake slightly, at least I do to assist in turning. This is when you are going up and back right next to each other. If you harvest in lands you don't have to do this.
You mean you have never heard of using the brakes to assist in steering?
I've been in mud before that that is the only way you can steer. Tractors are the same.
I'm glad you mentioned a steering wheel because I was getting a little worried.....
.....I was beginning to think the new Lexions and Cat Tractors still used the two sticks to steer like the old Bulldozers.......
I was under the impression that using the brakes to steer, at least on the 2x88 series machines, created a much higher chance that one of the steering connections would fail. It seems to put more force onto the tie-rod ends and such.
I use the breaks all the time in turning. We farm a lot in the terraces around here, and we are always picking up the header, turning around to get the little strip we left, and turn around again and take off cutting around the terrace. It makes you turn a lot faster around with the breaks so that you don't have to make such a wide circle. In some of the terraces we run in, there isn't room to turn around in it without going up and over them. So, we use the breaks for faster turns.
We also use them a lot when 'snaking' in and out of gates that are too little for a 30' header. We have many gates that arent much bigger than 22-24 foot, so it takes a good driver!!!!