The problem you see with your one front wheel being closer to the spindle arm is due to the wheelbearing nut not being tight enough so that the rear wheel bearing turns on the spindle shaft and wears it. This causes the wheel to creep in towards the Spindle arm. My brother and I both have tractors that this has happened to from previous owners not keeping the nuts tight. You can confirm this with a caliper or micrometer and you will find that the wheel that is closest to the spindle arm will have a spindle shaft diameter smaller that the good wheel.
Re: Response for Mr. T. Minnesota in reply to 135 guy, 01-02-2013 10:23:37
135G, Thanks for the explanation. Will this require a new spindle? Hope not. As I explained to one forum member, it appeared that the nut had been worked over. Previous owner actually filed extra space for the cotter key. It also seemed that the nut had to be threaded in quite a ways. Ordered new bearings today from Yesterday's Tractor Parts. Any other thoughts are welcome!! Mr. T. Minnesota
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