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Smindle damage -- urgent reply needed

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Peru, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Oct 23, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    Peru

    Peru [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am in urgent need to resolve a major problem

    can i mount new bearing on the spindle below or am i asking for trouble. While installing the electrical brakes i discovered this (see below)

    i need to do 3000miles to mexico this week

    thanks in advance

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  2. Oct 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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    Any way you could make those pictures bigger? They're too small to really see what's going on.
     
  3. Oct 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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  4. Oct 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    I would like to point out that in addition to the bearing having been spun, the grease seal race is also damaged. If at all possible, it would be *better* to get that axle repaired, but as long as the bearings actually spin freely, there shouldn't be any risk of failure. Make sure its greased well, and that the bearings are TIGHT. Check the wheel occasionally for side-to-side motion, and tighten if any develops.

    My feeling is that it should be fine, but its obviously your call. In the least, I would bring some spare parts along (probably a good idea anyway).
     
  5. Oct 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    Peru

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    Thanks for The info. Its much appreciated

    One other question. I couldn't find a washer the goes between the outer bearing and the castle nut that has a lip on the outer edge. I bought a standard washer with same dimensions but with out the lip. It's a zinc plated washer

    Can anon thing of a reason not to use it. The lip does not look like I serves a function

    Thanks again
     
  6. Oct 25, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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    I wouldn't worry about it, I've never even heard of it having a lip. Definitely never seen one and can't imagine a purpose for it. Could it have been a "spare washer" that a previous owner installed on it?
     
  7. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    I am not sure -- I don't think the previous owner ever changed them so the lip could be where the bearings race spun on the washer creating a lip. Both sides are pretty much the same but one side is in bad shape so it's kindof hard to tell

    I agree with you I can't see how using it would be a problem but I am moving out of the country, prepping my house for a sale that thanks to the poor market won't happen and getting all my legal stuff squared away for visas and selling all the toys I've accumulated over the years makes for a situation where even simple decisions can be more complicated.

    Thanks for the info
     
  8. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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    lol smindle
     
  9. Oct 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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    If that's the reason for the lip, you certainly should put new washers on both sides.

    Glad to help, and good luck with the move.
     
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