+1 Just tighten it so that there is no axial endplay.Hi JPM
you back it out slightly so there is still no play but the wheel spins freely. That's it.
If you are talking about the nut that tightens the wheel and the bearings on, it is not torqued at all. You tighten it in until there is no play (sort of like turning an adjustment needle on a carb in lightly) and then you back it out slightly so there is still no play but the wheel spins freely. That's it.
You may find reading through post #77 here helpful http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=324345&page=6. at the very end of that post the topic is addressed.
Hope this helps. Al
The nylon in the NyLoc nut is worn out and is not holding the nut in place keeping it from turning. The nut is 5/8-11 nc. Pick up a coulpe new nuts and you should be fine. JasonI tightened it the way you said and the first time I mowed the nut backed off and the wheel almost fell off. I had to search for the nut and cap and the spacer and wheel bearing.
I don't know why it did that. I put it all together according to the parts diagram.
The nylon in the NyLoc nut is worn out and is not holding the nut in place keeping it from turning. The nut is 5/8-11 nc. Pick up a coulpe new nuts and you should be fine. Jason
+1 what Jason said. In older cars - maybe newer for all I know? The wheel was held on by what was called a "castle nut" if i recall the term correctly. The edge of the nut facing out had little slots in them, so that edge looked like a castle wall. There was a hole drilled through the axle and you put a cotter pin through that hole and it laid in the notches of the nut so it could not turn itself off.
Newer approaches to keeping the nut in place are the nylon fiber on a lock nut which creates friction in the thread so the nut will not turn w/o stronger effort. The nuts you had holding it either were missing the nylon lock feature, or it was worn out from too much on and off. Your nuts backed off as you worked and caused the calamity.
Hang in there JPM. You get lock nuts on there this will be in your rear mirror.