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Another 42 A problem

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Bill (again)

07-08-2002 04:00:33

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HOw hard is it to to repair the noise in my A rear end? I think my bearings in the transmission are going bad because I can feel the gears working inside and they are noisy.

From what little I can tell, the noise is still there while in gear and going downhill but I haven't been able to tell if the noise is still there if I put it in neutral and coast downhill.

But, I can still feel the gears working inside even in neutral.

There is a groaning sound and the gear sound.

I am not a mechanic and have basic tools that normal guys have. Do I need to split and remove the rear end and how can I tell what bearings are going bad from the drive shaft back to the drop housings? Do I need a bearing puller of some type or do they easily slide on and off?

I have a noise back there that seems out of whack and I don't know farmalls enough to know whether it's normal or a quirk. A fella tractor enthusiast who has an Allis and JD LA and pulls with the Allis Chalmers knows tractors well, he took it for a spin and told me to dump it because the rear end bearings are going.

He said that I got taken. I paid 2200.00 for it with some implements. The young man seller said it was a NICE tractor and assure dme the transmission was fine. it has all new tires all around and new rear rims and I repainted it and she looks really nice!!!!!!! I used Guy Fay's book for the correct decals too. the sheetmetal is really good. Lights are great and her motor is strong no smoke...until the chug start yesterday.

I feel rotten if I got stuck with a bad tracotr. If I did, maybe I'll go back to Fords that I know better.

I've already had to replacethe fan assembly becuase it fried itslef only after one hour of operation when I first got it. The strater switch needs replacing, the rear end leaks, it groans and is loud, and it doesn't hold a charge.

I am souring on this machine really fast. Or, should I bite the bullet and problem solve the quirks?

Has anyone ever been taken on a tractor deal?

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Did I get ripped off?

07-08-2002 11:20:59

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 Re: Another 42 A problem in reply to Bill (again), 07-08-2002 04:00:33  
at 2200.00?

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07-08-2002 14:57:57

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 Re: Re: Another 42 A problem in reply to Did I get ripped off?, 07-08-2002 11:20:59  
Sounds like it, but maybe not.
You do mention new tires all the way around. Figure a minimum of $600 there, so now you're down to a $1600 tractor right off the bat.
Every tractor has problems you work through them and keep going.
My advice is to put the money right out of your head right now and never think about it again. Maybe you got a good deal and maybe you didn't. If you keep beating yourself up over it you'll never get any enjoyment out of the tractor and that stinks.

Change all the fluids and grease it real good. My Super M always groans a little more when the rear axles haven't been greased enough or it hasn't been run enough. It gets quieter after grease and about 15 minutes in the field.

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07-08-2002 09:07:02

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 Re: Another 42 A problem in reply to Bill (again), 07-08-2002 04:00:33  
As have a certain amount of gear noise because they are equipped with straight-cut gears. It's the nature of the beast. But do check you fluid levels, like RedEd suggested. You might do well to just go ahead and change the fluids.

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07-08-2002 04:30:09

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 Re: Another 42 A problem in reply to Bill (again), 07-08-2002 04:00:33  
Of course, you have checked the oil level in the transmission, right? And don't forget the final drive gear pans.

A certain amount of gear noise is normal, especially in the lower gears.

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