To shift the idler from side to side in order to align the idler and track properly, you add enough shims (4) and (5) between bearings (8) and guide plates (6) and (7) to provide clearance (A) between guide plates (6) and (7) and the frame (9).
This chapter stresses the importance of your understanding and following the principles of front-end alignment and track alignment in vehicle maintenance. Although these principles will remain the same, the make and year of the equipment assigned to your unit will change. Therefore, it is always recommended that you refer to the manufacturer's repair manual for specific adjustments for your particular equipment.
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