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The test I am reading now is about INSTRUCTIONS FOR FITTING. The instructions are about conical mounting with height re-adjustment, type RD 214 / RD 215 / RD 244.
The full sentence under discussion is as follow:
The adjusting nut is meant to adjust the effect of creep on the alignment after a period of time.
The way I understand the sentence is as follows:
The duty/purpose of the aligning nut is to adjust the effect of creep on the alignment after a period of time.
That is where the trouble starts for me. What does "the effect of creep on the alignment" mean?
The effect of creep on the alignment =? the effect that/which creep has on the alignment =? the influence that/which creep exerts on the alignment. In other words, the alignment is influenced by creep.
I may be wrong.
Yes. Creep will make changes to the alignment. Something that is perfectly aligned before will move out of alignment.