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Unread 06-03-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Axle bearings

Got a question...

When I pulled the rear axles off for the differential job, I noticed that there is about a 1/8" gap between the bearings and the retainer (inboard side).

Is that retainer supposed to be snug up to the bearing?

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Unread 06-04-2014, 01:24 AM   #2
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No. The retainer should be right against the bearing...to stop it moving along the shaft.

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Unread 06-04-2014, 08:28 AM   #3
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I posted some pics on this in that thread about replacing the rear bearings on the site. On the axle itself it has a lip that when the bearing is pressed, it fits against it and leaves a space so the retainer ring moves a bit. That all tightens up when you put it in and those 4 nuts that hold it to the shaft. Just a note, all are metric except for those nuts. 9/16.
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Unread 06-04-2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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I just took a closer look at everything on the work bench...and could see that it wasn't right.

I cut the bearing retainer & bearing off and see the lip. Now I get it.

Thanks guys.
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I posted some pics on this in that thread about replacing the rear bearings on the site. On the axle itself it has a lip that when the bearing is pressed, it fits against it and leaves a space so the retainer ring moves a bit. That all tightens up when you put it in and those 4 nuts that hold it to the shaft. Just a note, all are metric except for those nuts. 9/16.
I think you are confusing the retainer (or retaining ring) that holds the bearing in place on the shaft with the retaining plate (with the four bolts) that holds the axle in the tube. That plate should have play until, as you rightly say, tighten the nuts to the bolts....the ring should have none and be tight against the bearing. I think (i could be wrong) the that op is talking about the pressed on ring.

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