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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
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check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox

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05-18-2013 19:04:14

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Serial# say 52 model 8n. Book say fill with 90w EP oil to top plug. Can t find plug, did some models not have a plug & what lube is in it. What am I missing, please help!!!!! Thanks WmN

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05-19-2013 05:24:55

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to WmN, 05-18-2013 19:04:14  
1952 model 8N Ford tractors have a fillister head screw (1/4X24?) in the steering column about 2" beneath the steering wheel.

You can fill here if you use 90W and fill from a squeeze bottle.

I usually remove the steering wheel and fill until I cover the top bearing to lube it, then replace the plug and wheel. It may slobber for awhile. Allow it to drain a bit from the screw hole if that bothers you.

If you use cornhead grease, you can remove the screw to act as an air bleed or simly fill until you see grease begin to come out beneath the steering wheel. It helps to remove the wheel.


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R Geiger

05-18-2013 20:46:09

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to Grabatire, 05-18-2013 19:04:14  
I took that bolt out and drilled thru the length of it, tapped it fore a grease fitting, works good. The 52 could have a screw on the steering column to put the 90 wt in also.

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05-18-2013 19:34:42

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to WmN, 05-18-2013 19:04:14  

Use J.Deere "cornhead grease". yellow, it stays in place, won't melt. You need to install a new zerk to push it in, use a Tractor Supply wheel bearing packing kit to get the zerk. Squirt it in until it starts to come up through the top of the steering column. After that you may need to wipe it up for a while on warm days, but it will eventually stop oozing out, and should be good for a few years. This link shows with the zerk installed

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Fuddy Duddy

05-18-2013 20:08:07

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to FLAcharlie, 05-18-2013 19:34:42  
I kelp looking at the picture and it didn't look like a grease zert was added. Then I saw you had an address to another page. If you just put that link in the "Optional Link URL:" just below the "Comments: " box the link will show up with you comment. Use "Link Title" below that to title it. You are right. Corn Head grease is the way to go.

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05-18-2013 20:13:26

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to Fuddy Duddy, 05-18-2013 20:08:07  
I don't right now see the option to edit my post and add that. Sometimes I do see that option, but not right now, dunno why.

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05-18-2013 19:44:32

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 Re: check fill plug on 52 8n steering gearbox in reply to FLAcharlie, 05-18-2013 19:34:42  
also, when these were new, the oil was OK for lube, but with them this old, the oil will tend to leak out, hence why the cornhead grease works good.

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