Like I said . . . I admit that I technically didn’t follow the manufacturer’s rules
However, I know for a fact . . . without a shadow of a doubt . . . that those vehicles have been driving around for years with those reused pinch bolts drowned in blue loctite
And I’ve had my head under the dash a few times, since then, for other repairs. Absolutely nothing happening, as far as the pinch bolts are concerned.
Some of these are pretty big vehicles, driving on rough roads, FWIW
I’d also be happier to replace those pinch bolts. That said, it’s often very hard to actually get your hands on a brand new pinch bolt, versus some more common parts. I can guarantee you the dealer who brings us our Ford parts does not have pinch bolts in stock. They only have common things in stock, and ordering a pinch bolt would probably mean the truck is in the shop several days longer than it otherwise would be. And there are certain situations where the vehicle is desperately needed NOW. I’m sure many of us mechanics will acknowledge that it’s not always possible or practical to torque every single bolt according to the factory specs, or replace every single pinch bolt, self-locking nut, etc.
Perhaps somebody will condemn me, as I suggested earlier
Not you, apparently, but maybe somebody else