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Re: 1660 broke drive axle

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Eric in IL

10-30-2012 10:10:57

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I am also running a 1660, cummins, inclined auger, etc.

Developed a slow oil leak last season on final drive under cab. Enough of a leak that it ran down inside of tire if sitting in one spot for a month or so.

Pulled tire and final this season before harvest. Outer bearing/race were shot.

Bearing and race was $235.

The other final is not leaking but is getting pulled this winter for a look-see.

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Bob Bancroft

10-30-2012 10:21:06

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Eric in IL, 10-30-2012 10:10:57  
Interesting. Haven't had any issue with the axle shaft.(I've had this 3 years now). But the input shaft on the left was leaking a little. When I got into it I found the three capscrews holding the bearing housing in were loose. But they weren't loose! All I could figure was the bolts came loose, and the shims rusted. I started taking out shims to get the bearings tight, then started measuring the shims, and cleaning the rust off them. I was amazed how many thousandths the rust made up. I ended up with all the original shims back in and the bearings just right!

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