A perfect driving maneuver starts with flawless suspension and steering systems. That is why kingpins exist ? to give you the pivot point necessary for the front axle to be turned. When your truck's kingpin is broken, replacing it immediately prevents loss-of-control accidents. Kingpin repair kits for different trucks or buses are available in the market; hence, knowing what typically comprises a repair kit is important.
Hydraulic press or pusher press
To aid in removing the kingpin bushing in trucks, a hydraulic press comes as a major component of the kingpin repair kit. When using a hydraulic press, you are given ease in taking the bushings off, removing the need for sledgehammers and torches. It is connected to the front axle and is applicable for use in both straight and tapered kingpins. The hydraulic press is sometimes called pusher press.
Soft brass drift-punch
Though most kingpin repair kits contain a hydraulic press, some unfortunately don't. In the absence of a hydraulic press, a soft brass drift-punch can be used. Aside from removing the bushings easily, a soft brass drift-punch also allows you to avoid damaging other metal parts during the repair process.
If you have a half-ton or ?-ton truck, then you wouldn't need a reamer to replace your vehicle's "floating" bushing. Reamers are used exclusively for 1 ?-ton trucks because these trucks use bushings which are press-fitted into the spindle. Since 1 ?-ton trucks require reaming, it is important to look for an adjustable straight flute reamer. This reamer avoids honing or burnishing the kingpin bushings to prevent damaging them.
Each kingpin repair kit contains its own set of kingpin removal tools. It's important, therefore, to choose the kingpin repair kit suitable for your vehicle, by identifying your truck's kingpin type. You can buy a kit which includes a reamer or a kit that has a drift-punch instead of a hydraulic press ? all depending on your vehicle's kingpin assembly.