Front Wheel Bearings

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Jim in SC
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Front Wheel Bearings

Postby Jim in SC » Fri May 04, 2018 3:12 pm

I've slowly been working on the '51 H I bought back in February. All has been going pretty good and I haven't had a lot of questions (well, okay - the lights. They worked fine until I painted the light bar. Took me awhile to figure out that the paint was messing up the ground. They work better than before I painted it - got the old paint and rust off and they're bright as heck now!).

I do have a question for the forum though. This afternoon I decided to remove the front hub cap to see what I could see there. When it was loose, I pulled the cap off and - oil flowed out. Oil. Thick, but it sure ran like oil. I can't for the life of me figure out how the previous owner got oil in there. Could it be grease that has broken down over time? I've pulled the wheel bearings on a lot of cars over the years, and also on the Cub I had up until recently. I never ran into oil in a wheel bearing before though.

Am I missing something? I was expecting to find an outer bearing with a washer, the spindle, and an inner bearing. And grease. Not oil.

What's up with my bearing, guys?
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1951 Farmall H
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1998 John Deere LT 155
2018 Husqvarna

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Postby Jim Becker » Sat May 05, 2018 10:45 pm

My bet is separated grease.

Jim in SC
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Location: Conway, South Carolina

Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Postby Jim in SC » Sun May 06, 2018 6:45 am

Thanks, Jim, I believe that's it too. I'll be correcting that this week. Thanks you for the reply!
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Sir Winston Churchill / George Orwell.
1951 Farmall H
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1998 John Deere LT 155
2018 Husqvarna

Jim in SC
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Posts: 194
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:16 am
Zip Code: 29527
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall H
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1999 John Deere LT155
2018 Husqvarna lawn tractor
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Conway, South Carolina

Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Postby Jim in SC » Sun May 06, 2018 11:23 am

Yep, Jim, you were right. The grease in both of the front wheel bearings had liquified/separated. Turned basically into heavy oil. Fortunately, the spindles are fine and so are the Original IHC bearings! Wow, 67 years old and still spinning! They are now nicely repacked with new axle grease and it's on to something else on this tractor - probably removing either the seat assembly or removing the rear wheels - both need refreshing.
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Sir Winston Churchill / George Orwell.
1951 Farmall H
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1998 John Deere LT 155
2018 Husqvarna


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