Another option is brass/bronze thrust washers with implanted graphite plugs, Eliminates the possibility of the rolling element breaking ( there are none) and they are are self lubricating. Available from McMaster-Carr Type in "thrust washer" Worked well on my Ingersoll.
Yes I have done both to my 140. As you can see in the pic. I have used the 400 front wheels with 18-8.50-8 V61 front tires.
At this time I do not have the part numbers I used for the spindle bearings and shims. I did buy these from McMaster-Carr and I will try to dig up the part numbers. The installation of the spindle bearing does make quite a difference, but still no where near power steering !!!
Is there a replacement thrust washer that will work? I just tried ordering M45111 which is the deere part number for the thrust washers and they emailed me saying that they're NLA. Any one have any alternatives
You have to register and get an account on JDParts. When you find the part you are looking for, Check the box next to that part number and click on " add to cart " .
After that, click on " go to cart " and if the part is NLA you will get this message "
The part M48359 is no longer available. Contact your local John Deere dealer for other options.
If the part is available it will take you right to the cart and show the price.
These parts are most likely not used on current machines and there for NLA after the stock was sold.
Ok I see. I have an account, just never played with it enough. Man, I wonder how much more stuff is NLA that I thought I could easily get. Any idea how thick those washers were, or how thick will still fit?
There are many parts that are NLA for these vintage tractors.
One thing you could do, is give the part number(s) to your local dealer and have them do a national dealer stock check. The JDParts site only shows JD stock but dealers many still have stock that we can not see.
Also, if you look above at my post #5, you will see the washer part number I used from MCMaster Carr. You could order 4-6 of these and you should be good.