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#1 houndog OFFLINE  

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Posted February 20, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I have real sloppy front  spindle's, will new spindles cure this problem? can the axel be worn to much to help with new spindles?? Or is there a bushing that can be inserted??? thanks for any input..


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 01:24 PM

3 areas to check, the spindle shafts, the spindle bearings, the spindle housing. If it is the housing, it comes as a complete assembly (all components) usually. If shaft or bearings these can usually begotten individually.



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Posted February 20, 2016 - 06:01 PM

nope im not talking about the part where the tire and rim is, where it pivots in the main axel..hope this helps..



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Posted February 20, 2016 - 06:14 PM

So the bushings are worn in the axle ends?



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Posted February 20, 2016 - 09:14 PM

Here is a parts diagram this might help the discussion.

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Posted February 20, 2016 - 11:00 PM

What causes the problem in the pivot is that John Deere did not drill and tap a grease zerk (design flaw or overlook) to put grease in to keep it well lubed. If you get it apart, you will find the bushings are worn out and the bolt is probably worn just below the head and also where the castle nut lies. To fix normally, drive out the bushings and retainers, I would also drill and tap for a grease zerk, re-assemble with a new bolt, I also got some rippled washers from an industrial bolt supplier to keep the bolt from loosening and wearing a bigger hole. If the whole in the frame has been enlarged by the bolt, you will have to fix that by drilling and bushing it, or weld and re-drill the holes. Those are not easy fixes, so lets hope it is the first condition.


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 11:05 PM

For the spindles, look them over carefully, on the 318 there are bushing out by the wheels spindles that can be replaced, located top and bottom on the axle. From the drawing there doesn't appear to have any, Look to see where the wear is. Housing for the spindle or the spindle itself. There are a couple of ways that could be repaired depending on what equipment and skills you have, or can you located a tool & die shop?






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