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1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:46 pm    Post subject: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello,

Recently the bell crank on my 1968 2020 diesel broke. I got the part in but now need to remove the front axle. I called my local JD shop cause I was worried about the rear of the axle clearing the oil pan, they said it would, it did not however. Wondering if you guys have any advice of getting the rear of that axle off the tractor? Maybe a bushing is stuck up there but it seems like all I need is a quarter inch and I got it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the help!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

HaveyGameCalls wrote:
(quoted from post at 22:46:24 06/04/21) Hello,

Recently the bell crank on my 1968 2020 diesel broke. I got the part in but now need to remove the front axle. I called my local JD shop cause I was worried about the rear of the axle clearing the oil pan, they said it would, it did not however. Wondering if you guys have any advice of getting the rear of that axle off the tractor? Maybe a bushing is stuck up there but it seems like all I need is a quarter inch and I got it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the help!


I would expect either the bushing or pin in that rear support position has shifted a bit. The bushing (tight in the axle frame) should be flush with the oil pan end of the axle frame. The pin (supposed to be tight in the front support should be flush or just inside the oil pan end of the axle frame bushing when the axle is pulled forward in the operating position. I think some of the original pins only had a snap ring between the axle frame and front support to keep the pin from moving forward and out of the axle housing. New pins have two snap rings one front an rear of the front support boss it is in to prevent moving either front or rear.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:31 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello Jim.ME, thanks for the help, much appreciated. that is exactly what happened! Only not on its own, the previous owner hammered the pin back and then put a weld on the end which caused me to lose about a quarter inch. I am thinking I may either cut the weld off and drive the pin back where it should be. Or just take a file or angle grinder and take a quarter inch off the back end of the pin. Any suggestions? Thanks again for the help, I really appreciate it!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:25 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote


If I was dropping the front axle I would replace the pins, snap rings, and bushings; front and rear. Shim it up per the manual. You are doing the bell crank you should do the others and be done with it. That's how I did mine.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds good, I got the parts on order so once I got the axle off I will get everything replaced. Cant wait to get it back up and running. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:22 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Forgot to ask, what is the best way to drive that rear pin out of there? It is in there tight! Thanks!
 
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This post was edited by HaveyGameCalls on 06/05/2021 at 11:08 am.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 John Deere 2020 Front Axle Removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

HaveyGameCalls wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:22:12 06/05/21) Forgot to ask, what is the best way to drive that rear pin out of there? It is in there tight! Thanks!


I was able to get my axle out of the tractor and used a port-a-power to change the rear pin.
 
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