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Every effort has been made to assure that your new vehicle has been engineered and manufactured to provide continued trouble-free service. Materials selected to manufacture the many parts which make up the vehicle exhaustive test and research to make certain that acceptable, safe service life is realized.

There is, however, an area in which the vehicle owner plays an important part and which determines in a large measure the extent of continued, safe trouble-free service to be realized from the owner's investment in the vehicle. This has to do with the responsibility which rests with the owner in seeing that the vehicle receives proper care through following the periodic lubricating procedures and arranging for regular inspection intervals to assure that parts that normally deteriorate are replaced or repaired. In addition, it would be good practice to ask your IH dealer or Service Center to make an inspection of the running gear of your vehicle at least once a year. The lubrication intervals present a good opportunity to inspect the vehicle, and we suggest that the following points be checked at these intervals.

AXLES, BODY AND CHASSIS COMPONENTS: Check to assure that axle mounting U-bolt nuts, body mounting

brackets and chassis components (attaching mounting bolts and nuts) are securely tightened.


ENGINE EXHAUST SYSTEM: Mufflers, exhaust pipes etc. All joints tight. No leaks in the system.

ELECTRICAL: Loose, weathered, cracked or broken wires replaced to safeguard against breakdown on the road or possible shorts.

PIPES, HOSES: Leakage, air, water or hydraulic lines.

Check pipes pushed over

and hose routing. They should not against hot exhaust pipes or near

be the

exhaust. hoses.

Replace cracked, weathered or deteriorated

LINKAGES: Transmission and brake rods, clevis pins and lock pins should be in good repair and secure.

Control linkages properly adjusted.


Brake linkages,

controls and the condition of brake linings should be part of the periodic inspections.

Have your vehicle's brake system inspected at least once each year. Where vehicles are used in severe service or in considerable


stop and go service, more frequent inspections should

be scheduled.


Rubber is subject to deterioration

wherever it is used. Brake cylinder parts, both air and hydraulic, should be considered for periodic replacement based upon the severity and length of service. Usually careful inspection by experienced mechanics will disclose the need for attention. Some parts, such as air brake chamber diaphragm, should be inspected once a year or every 50,000 miles and replaced if considered unserviceable for further use.

STEERING: Check tie-rod and drag-link and clamp bolts. They must be tight. Ask your service mechanic to examine the steering mechanism.

Minor adjustments could head off future problems.

WHEELS, RIMS, TIRES: Check condition of and tighten wheel and rim mounting bolts and nuts. Examine condition of tires. Cut or broken tire casings should be replaced. Keep tires inflated properly.

A good general vehicle check by an experienced serviceman will give you assurance that your vehicle is still in a safe condition, ready to work for you.


A Vehicle Certification Label is affixed to all vehicles in addition to the serial or warranty plate. This label certifies that the vehicle conforms to all applicable


Motor Vehicle

date of


label. Weight

Safety Standards Do not remove

The label contains the Certified Rating (GVWR) and Gross Axle

in effect at the or deface this Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

(GAWR). The GVWR means the weight of the vehicle including the everything that is loaded into or onto The GAWR is the maximum weight

maximum design vehicle itself and the single vehicle. that any one axle

can carry. be greater proper to

Note that the sum of the axle GAWR's may than the GVWR, so that it is not necessarily load both axles at the same time to the

maximum capacity GVWR should never

shown for each. be exceeded.



The GAWR is the maximum weight measured at the ground permissible on that axle system. These ratings are developed on the basis of the minimum component capability, be it axles, springs or tires.


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