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1936 John Deere Model B Rear Axle Seals

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07-30-2003 10:26:26

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Our 1936 John Deere Model B is leaking oil from the rear wheel bearing/felt seal retainer area. I'm trying to replace the felt seal but couldn't get the retainer ring to slide off the axle. Does the axle have to be removed to replace the felt seal? If it doesn't, how do you get it off? My axle has a "collar" at the retaining ring that appears to be unremoveable.

Also, should I be more worried about replacing the seals in the gear housing?


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07-31-2003 19:14:21

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 Re: 1936 John Deere Model B Rear Axle Seals in reply to Mark, 07-30-2003 10:26:26  
Got to tear into it to replace the rubber seals but they are still available from Deere. Worse part of the job is getting the wheels off the axle to press the bearing retainer off and on.


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07-30-2003 10:40:56

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 Re: 1936 John Deere Model B Rear Axle Seals in reply to Mark, 07-30-2003 10:26:26  
your're waisting your time messing with the outer seal....all that is, is a dust seal and yes the axle would have to be removed to remove the inner race of the bearing....that's what you're seeing....generally the right side goes bad first as this was the plow furrow side and seems to have had more stress.

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07-30-2003 10:37:33

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 Re: 1936 John Deere Model B Rear Axle Seals in reply to Mark, 07-30-2003 10:26:26  
Mark, The good news is: you don't have to remove the axle to replace the felt seals. The bad news is: The felt seal isn't what's allowing the oil to leak out.
The felt seal keeps dirt and dust out on the axle/ rear end section but there is a regular, rubber type seal on the inside of the axle housing that keeps the gear oil in. You have to remove the axles to replace these seals. If you have some help it's not that hard to do especially if you have a flat back rear end cover (no lift or rock shaft). If you are going to be doing this kind of work I would highly recommend getting the JD service manual.

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