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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum

rear axel torque problem

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06-18-2020 20:34:12

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I have had my 1952 8N for about 40 years. I have rebuilt the engine and converted it to 12v, it runs well and has been a good tractor. It needed breaks. I have replaced the shoes. I needed to pull the hubs to replace a few break support plate studs. Problem: When I but the hubs, axle nut and washer back on and tighten them, when I get to about 100lb torque everything binds up and I am unable to turn the axel. This happens on both sides. It should be very simple, what have I forgotten? Thanks

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06-22-2020 09:46:44

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 Re: rear axel torque problem in reply to Brewmaster, 06-18-2020 20:34:12  
a good friend explained to me a great way to set the preload. Jack the tractor up and start on one side of the tractor installing one or two shims and tightening down the hub nut. Then go to the other side and put it together dry with just one shim turn the rear wheels if they both turned in the same direction it's too tight pull the bearing retainer off , add another Sim , tighten it back down do it again add shims until one wheel turns one way one wheel turns the other way. You've got it congratulations.

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06-19-2020 19:13:17

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 Re: rear axel torque problem in reply to Brewmaster, 06-18-2020 20:34:12  
The axles need a small amount of free play to function correctly. With the new hubs, you are getting too much preload on the bearings. You need to add a shim or two to the new hub to get some free play. There is a good video on Youtube that goes thru the procedure step by step. Just go thru the search for tractor type and job.

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06-19-2020 18:42:58

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 Re: rear axel torque problem in reply to Brewmaster, 06-18-2020 20:34:12  
This link has a lot of good info for setting up the bearing clearance, was very help full when I helped my neighbor with his 51 axle replacement. Hope this helps you.

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06-19-2020 14:00:06

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 Re: rear axel torque problem in reply to Brewmaster, 06-18-2020 20:34:12  
Thanks, I will be working on it tomorrow

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06-19-2020 06:25:56

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 Re: rear axel torque problem in reply to Brewmaster, 06-18-2020 20:34:12  
It didn't do this until you opened it up and added/changed something. Look for scrape marks, listen for sounds, compare parts removed, added, replaced. Incorrect parts or incorrect assembly will be the problem.

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