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601 Rear Axle Bearing Collar Installation End Play Adjustment

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04-29-2001 18:58:48

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How do you adjust excessive end play in the rear axle of a 601. I recently installed new rear axle bearings and heated the retaining collar and installed per the IT manual. When I installed the axle shaft there is more end play than can be adjusted by shims. I assume the collar is not pressed down on the axle shaft engough,is this correct? If so, how do you press the collar down further without using heat?

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04-30-2001 18:10:54

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 Re: 601 Rear Axle Bearing Collar Installation End Play Adjustment in reply to Dan, 04-29-2001 18:58:48  
I disagree with Sam. The bearing should be driven on all the way first, and then the collar should be heated and dropped on. If the collar is heated enough, it should drop right on without driving.

My guess is that you are checking the end play with only one axle shaft installed. In operation, the ends of the two shafts butt up against each other. Without the other axle installed, you'll never get it all out. You will notice that with everything seated and the axle on a bench, there appears to be a lot of play in both sides. Installing both axles will make the majority of it disappear.

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05-01-2001 17:02:22

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 Re: Re: 601 Rear Axle Bearing Collar Installation End Play Adjustment in reply to Bern, 04-30-2001 18:10:54  
Thanks Bern, you were right, installing both axles took out all the end play. It now seems to be much to tight. Do you have any suggestions?

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05-01-2001 18:38:20

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 Re: Re: Re: 601 Rear Axle Bearing Collar Installation End Play Adjustment in reply to Dan, 05-01-2001 17:02:22  
Yes, add shims. Ideally, you want to have close to the same amount on both sides.

To check the end play, one axle is to be held all the way out with a wedge, and a dial indicator placed on the other axle to measure end play (install an excess of shims to start). The end play spec is .002" to .016"

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04-30-2001 04:21:03

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 Re: 601 Rear Axle Bearing Collar Installation End Play Adjustment in reply to Dan, 04-29-2001 18:58:48  
Dan; If you did not drive the shrink collar on you have not seated the bearing. It is important to heat the collar to the correct temp. as manual states and then drop it on the axle and seat it with pipe cut to lenght per manual. The shrink collar temp is important because you only get one shot.

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