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Re: TE 20 Rear Axle Question

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10-07-2012 07:13:36

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No there are not any shims in it and there wasnt when we took it apart either. Is it possible for it to move at all with only one of the axles installed? I know the manual says to have something like 2-8 thousands between the two axles which I dont know if you could really "feel" that small of travel correct?

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10-07-2012 08:18:54

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 Re: TE 20 Rear Axle Question in reply to Langus, 10-07-2012 07:13:36  
I do have a dial indicator with magnetic base. I think where my problem is coming from is that the axle has movement from the bearing retainer. We pressed the bearing on the axle as far as they would go and then installed the shrink collars (hot and fully seated on the bearing). I guess this brings up one more question...if you make it so that the axle has zero movement off of the bearing retainer, would the bearing retainer and axle (where the lugs are) rub badly together?

By the way, thanks John (UK) for the help and friendly email! I will dig into it today again and see what we can come up with. Thanks for the patience, we are mechanically capable but this being our firt tractor restore!

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10-07-2012 08:50:02

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 Re: TE 20 Rear Axle Question in reply to Langus, 10-07-2012 08:18:54  
The endplay is to keep the INTERNAL ends of the axles from rubbing each other. It has nothing to do with the bearing retainer or lugs rubbing on the outboard sides. Note that what i have described here is for TO-20. I am not sure if TE-20 is different or not. I don't have my manual handy rite now.

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10-07-2012 10:04:42

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 Re: TE 20 Rear Axle Question in reply to PackardV8, 10-07-2012 08:50:02  

Thank you all for your input. I guess I may not be descibing the symptoms well enough. I understand that we DO NOT want the axle ends in the Diff touching. I also understand that shims can be used to adjust clearances etc...

My problem being ( I think we may have a outer bearing placement issue)that even with shims etc installed, my problem is that the axle itself moves independant (in and out) of the bearing retainer even with the retainer bolted down tight to the backing plate and axle housing. We installed the outer seal and bearing all the way in as far as they would go and then installed the shrink collar. I will try to attach a photo of the axle. We have cleaned all of the brake fluid and hay out! It was in bad shape.

As in the picture, if you grab the bearing retainer and pull up, you can move it approx 1/8". I dont think that is right but that brings up the question, if you get it so it doesnt move at all, is the bottom of the bearing retainer going to rub on the back of the lug flange? Sorry for all of the posts today but I dont want to do this again or have issues in the future. You guys are great help!

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