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Dave (CO)    Posted 08-29-2018 at 14:11:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Right spindle doesn't seat

  • Upon removing the wobbly right spindle (looking forward) to replace the bushings, the thrust bearing fell out in pieces. The appeared to be some scoring where on the spindle base where it sat.

    After replacing the bushings by hammering down the old ones and then replacing the thrust bearing, the re-assembly left me with a large gap where the bottom of the axle assembly meets the spindle base.

    As a result securing the spindle to the spindle arm won't align.

    The edge of the thrust bearing is sticking up as its riding high on the scored surface of the spindle.

    Same procedure worked fine on the left spindle and left no gap.

    Any ideas as to how to close the gap?



    Dave (CO)    Posted 08-31-2018 at 10:34:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Right spindle doesn't seat-the culprit
  • Just as suggested by Greg NE, the lower half of the old bearing race was nearly fused into the spindle shaft. Had to drive the bushing down a tad more to get glimpse of the separating line between the race and the casting. Then with ever larger screw drivers and chisels, it finally popped out and all fits as intended now.

    Thanks again Greg.


    Greg NE    Posted 08-29-2018 at 16:25:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Right spindle doesn't seat
  • Are you sure you got all of the old thrust bearing out of the bottom of the axle knee? You may still have part of the old tin shell in there and that's why the new one won't go all the way in. Had that trouble one time I rebuilt a front axle. Greg NE

    John in Mich    Posted 08-29-2018 at 17:43:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Right spindle doesn't seat
  • Good thought.

    John in Mich    Posted 08-29-2018 at 14:32:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Right spindle doesn't seat
  • I suspect that you may have driven your old bushing into the space already occupied by one or more other old ones. Pull the spindle back out and check for too many bushings in the space. You may have to drive an old bushing or two out the bottom.

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