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Re: Massey 135 Front axle pivot issue / bush replacement
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I replaced the pin and bushings on my 148 a couple of months ago. It should be the same setup as your 135.
What happened mine and I cannot believe I did not realise it was happing (granted I noticed the steering was dire and I had trouble keeping it between the ditches when on the road but I put it down to age related wear !) The peg bolt failed as did the retaining circlips and the pin slid back into the belt pulley. I ended up with about an inch machined of the end of the pin and associated damage to the front of the pulley.
I am not much of a mechanic and I do not have much equipment but by taking my time (a lot of time and frustration) I was able to get the bolt and bushing replaced (I left the belt pulley as it was, it was still working and I felt discretion was the better part of valour). I was amazed the difference it made to the steering.
I disconnected the steering rods and used a lidl trolley jack to prop up the front of the tractor. By adjusting the jack I was able to find the sweet spot so that the pin would slide out.
With the pin out you can remove the beam (with wheels attached)). I would recommend getting help when moving the beam as with the wheel attached it is heavy and has a mind of its own when trying to roll it.
To take out the bushings I got a long nut and bolt, a couple of metal plates with a centre hole for the bolt to pass thru and a suitable size socked and I was able to squeeze out the front one and squeeze in the new one.
The back bushing presented a different problem as it apparently had been replaced previously but not before there was ware done to the casting which looked like it had been repaired and a liner fitted to restore the correct diameter. When I tried pressing out the bushing the liner started to come out and I was concerned if that came out I might not easily get it back in, so I got a hacksaw blade and carefully cut out the old bushing. The new one pressed in easy enough. Make sure when pushing in the new bushings that you line up the grease holes.
In terms of replacing the axel beam mine looked fine so I left well enough alone, however when I was getting the parts the guy suggested that I might find wear in the beam and traditionally what was done in these circumstance is that the center of the beam was drilled out and a liner fitted to true it back up. Glad I did not have to go down that route.
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