Packing the wheel bearings

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Packing the wheel bearings

Postby FarmerCPA » Sat Jun 26, 2021 2:42 pm

I repacked the wheel bearings now that the C is running right. The outer bearings were Timkens and the inner bearings were Bowers. I guess you can send these to get rebuilt for less than the price of new bearings. These were just fine but for future reference has anyone had experience getting these rebuilt?
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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby Gary Dotson » Sun Jun 27, 2021 6:59 am

I have never heard of rebuilding a bearing!

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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby Rick Spivey » Sun Jun 27, 2021 7:09 am

To my knowledge there is no such thing as rebuilding a bearing. The metallurgy would not really allow you to trust a rebuilt bearing, as the races could be burnished, or have lost their temper. New is cheap enough if you shop around and buy from a bearing dealer rather than a tractor dealer.
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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby ricky racer » Sun Jun 27, 2021 7:22 am

I agree with Gary and Rick. The races wear. Putting new rollers on worn races is asking for trouble and doesn't make sense.
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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby FarmerCPA » Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:51 pm

That's what I thought and why I asked about it. It sounded strange but thought I would run it past the experts because I was trying to figure out how that could possibly work.

The machine runs great now and I drove it for about an hour today. The c113 engine has a very nice sound. I checked the valves with a feeler gauge and all appears to be good. Lots of power for its size and age.

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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Jun 27, 2021 3:47 pm

Without some serious neglect, tapered roller bearings last almost forever!

I did see something online about a bearing rebuilding service, but I bet it is for much bigger bearings!

The cost to rebuild a bearing such as yours would be cost prohibitive since new ones are readily available! :)
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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby getitrunning » Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:32 am

are the rollers pitted? if not pack it with grease and put it back together.
my dad taught me to regrease bearings by putting a glob of grease in palm of hand and scraping larger side of bearing into grease against palm to squeeze it into bearings. today there are inexpensive bearing packers that you use to fill bearing with grease gun.

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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:42 pm

Yes, there are inexpensive bearing packers available and I have one, but I still feel I get a more thorough job, packing them by hand, as described above.

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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:08 pm

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Re: Packing the wheel bearings

Postby FarmerCPA » Sun Jul 04, 2021 5:59 pm

I packed the wheel bearings by hand with no problems, just a bit messy but that's part of it. They were not pitted and I had no slop in the wheels when reassembled. To me it looks like the tractor was gone through in the 80s or early 90s and since then has not had many hours on it. I'll have to post some pictures of it out and about when I get a chance. I'm on the hunt for a 3 point hitch I can build or convert to work on it for light implements but that may need to be a winter project. I have a fabricator friend that can make one but steel prices are insane right now.


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