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Unread 02-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
MichaeljR
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amc 20 yoke play

the pinion seal on my amc 20 is leaking, so i'm about to replace it .i got the cover off, oil drained, u-joint disconnected from the yoke.i can't remove pinion nut till tomorrow(i have to drive an hour to oreilly's to get a 1 1/8'' socket).i noticed the yoke has about a 1/16" of play side to side and up and down.is this normal or should i plan on replacing the outer pinion bearing as well?

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Unread 02-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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i noticed the yoke has about a 1/16" of play side to side and up and down.is this normal or should i plan on replacing the outer pinion bearing as well?
Keep in mind that changing that bearing requires removing the entire carrier, and pulling the axles. and its a fairly involved process to get it all together, involing crush sleeves, and special tools.

Note: My yoke had a bit of play as well, but after I changed the seal, and torqued it back up, the play went away, so who knows. Changing the seal itself is a much easier task, though since you would be reusing the same crush sleeve, its hard to tell if you are setting the proper preload.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #3
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"ya,i'm hoping the new seal will help with the play.it's worn pretty bad. thanks for the reply.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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BTW, the nut is 1-5/16" and the socket usually has to be turned down on the outside to fit into the yolk.

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