Cross slide and compound backlash

Matt R
 

I am in the process of tearing down, cleaning and seeing what needs replaceg on my SB 16/24. Is there a way to measure the nuts on the cross slide and compound to see how bad the wear is? I have the one screw out and can wiggle ithe nut 15 or 20 thou on the screw up and down and lengthwise. The screw looks to be in good shape on the entire length. So do I just need new nuts to get rid of the backlash?

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