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Kenster
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had my 52 8N at at tire shop today getting a new rear tire installed. While the tractor was on the jack, the tire guy pointed out that the whole wheel wobbled when you shook it, either side to side or from top to bottom. He said the bearings were bad. I did a search on this site and found that perhaps it the hub, instead.

I've owned the tractor a little over six years and other than a loud squeak every once in a while I've never noticed any problem or felt any instability back there. Other than mowing a seven acre meadow three or four times a year I only use the tractor for very small jobs.

Should I be concerned?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

best take care of it..if it comes apart, it can gaul the axle..it wont get any better..fix it before it cost you a bunch more
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kenster wrote:
Should I be concerned?


Concerned? Maybe a little.

When you get the tractor back home, grab the wheel at the top and rock it side to side while watching the axle/nut. If the hub moves and the axle doesn't the hub is likely worn or you may just luck out by tightening the nut.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ditto what DB said.

if fixable.. the hub is about 60$.. way cehaper than an axle.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had a bearing chart, once, that showed graphically the ways cup and cone bearings can fail.

The bearing manufactures do not guarantee bearings. There is always some excuse.

Hopefully ,the axle thread is OK and the axle shaft is not gauled from a spun bearing cone
or the hub is OK and is not gauled from a spun bearing cup from either inner or outer bearing.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As Dollar Bill and SoundGuy said, check the hub. They're a known wear part.
Hub wears before the harder axle.
If you can tighten it and make the wobble go away without it binding, great!
Don't forget to remove the lock wire from the nut before trying to turn it.
If it's worn too much, you might check with John Smith or Jim.UT for a used one.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'll check tomorrow but I think there was room (a few threads) between the nut and the hub. Maybe tightening is all it needs.

Yeah, right. As if I was ever that lucky with anything!

We'll see.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:02 am    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tightening the hub is very important but you need to pull the drum to inspect the brakes for fluid contamination.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:43 am    Post subject: Re: Hub or bearing problem? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kenster wrote:
(quoted from post at 21:51:42 11/08/12) I'll check tomorrow but I think there was room (a few threads) between the nut and the hub. Maybe tightening is all it needs.

Yeah, right. As if I was ever that lucky with anything!

We'll see.

Running with them loose can ruin the hub, so I hope your luck is having a good day!
Torque spec on that nut is 400 ft/lbs
Check out John Smith's site for some detailed instructions and photos of what to look for, link below.

John's Site
 
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