Senior MTF Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: near Rochester, NY
Re: Help with front axle removal 3000 series
The good news is that it's apart and ready to go back together...
The bad news is that things got a little messed up getting it apart and I'll need a couple parts...
The way it came apart was this. I reassembled the PTO shaft in the carrier and, from under the tractor, hit the shaft (tap, through firm, to hard whacking) with a big hammer to drive the carrier forward. Part way through this process, the inner clip ring sheared off and I mashed the rear bearing. By then the carrier had moved forward about 1/2 inch into the axle. I found a large impact socket that pretty closely matched the diameter of the carrier and beat it out the rest of the way.
The joint between the carrier and the axle was dry as a bone. No grease at all! No idea why I thought the q-tip came out blue as I found no more evidence there at all. The PTO (inside the carrier) was full of grease (none of which was blue).
I found the broken drill bit tip in the zerk hole in the axle. Although there is a groove in the carrier, there are no grooves in the axle, so there's no place to jam anything in between the carrier and the axle. (i.e., if it doesn't move at first, beat it harder!) The fluid path is one hole in the axle for the zerk to a groove in the carrier and a through-hole in the groove in the bottom of the carrier to pass grease into the PTO shaft area.
There's no obvious scoring anywhere. All the grunge was dirt, not rust or metal. I'm pretty careful about lubricating things. I did a lot of rototilling last year and maybe the dust just clogged it all up?! Would that clog a zerk? (do they make little zerk covers to protect from dust?)
All-in-all I'm pretty lucky, I guess! All I need is a seal, bearing, clip-ring and a zerk! I'll get parts coming and install the zerk tomorrow. Then i can get around to easy part of this job!
Thank you all for the help along the way.
In retrospect, I'll bet this could have been a lot easier if I'd removed the PTO shaft, picked the grunge out the through-hole on the bottom center of the carrier and then sprayed WD-40/Sea Foam/etc down into the groove and let it soak for a day. Maybe even flush it a time or two! Things might slide right apart if you did that.
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