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Re: Moving wheels in on an A John Deere

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James Howell

06-09-2013 16:31:04

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If you are not using your tractor and in no big hurry, soak the hubs with penetrate of your choice for several days.

Here are a few photos of moving a wheel on "Easy" our 46A.

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Lift the wheel off the ground just enough to rotate it.

You might consider using a grinder with a wire wheel to clean the splines on the axle on both sides of the wheel.

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If necessary, use a file to remove any "mushrooms", flat spots, or pits.

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Take a small hammer and "tap" the hub, apply penetrate, and rotate the wheel; repeat this process for several days.

You can use a small jack to apply pressure to the wheel.

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Move the wheel out a short distance and clean the axle really good where you want to move the wheel.

Raise the wheel higher and "rock " the wheel back and forth towards the tractor using gravity.

Rotate the wheel if necessary and continue "rocking" the wheel.

If the axle is clean and the hub is clean, this method of "rocking" will work.

If you choose to use a large sledge hammer and block of wood, keep in mind that previous owners using big hammers have broken cast iron hubs.

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Hope this helps and good luck moving the wheel.

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Fred from MO

06-10-2013 07:47:25

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 Re: Moving wheels in on an A John Deere in reply to James Howell, 06-09-2013 16:31:04  
Nice pics and nice job. I once messed up 2 cast wheel centers using a red bud torch to free up the pinion gear. NO NO NO. I learned my lession. The heat was concetrated too much on the center of the wheel and tried to expand. Too bad the oute edges of the weel were cool and didnt want to expand. The result = 2 cast centers that cracked like eggshells. We all learn eventually.

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James Howell

06-10-2013 10:32:02

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 Re: Moving wheels in on an A John Deere in reply to Fred from MO, 06-10-2013 07:47:25  
Glad you liked the photos.

This tractor was very easy to work on; that's why it was named "Easy".

The broken cast hub came off our 43B.

Must admit that I still use a short-handle sledge hammer and wooden block to "move" wheels in just a little.

The last two wheel exchanges on our Model Bs was very easy because of clean axle splines and clean hub splines.

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