Harryc· Diesel Power
I have the 54 deck on my 345 that I found a noisy spindle on. I ordered the bearings and stock they are open ended (no seals). I see in the parts breakdown (below) that there are seals above the top bearing and under the bottom bearing so that makes sense. (seals are part # 45) Anyway, I was looking for some tips to make this an easier job. I can't see any C clips or locking rings so I am guessing the easiest way is to leave the spindle on the deck, remove the top nut, remove the pulley, put the nut back on the top of the shaft, pound the shaft down through the spindle, knock the bearings out, replace the bearings, then put it back together. Is that a good plan or did I miss something? By the way I am also replacing the bearings in part#21 and am replacing part #4, but that is a bit more straight forward.