1950 Windsor Axle Shaft Questions
Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:33 PM
My passenger side rear axle is leaking profusely, and I've aquired the new bearing, race and inner and outer seal. I plan to replace it all so I don't have to do it three times:). I've acquired a shop manual and a Motors manual, and still have a couple of questions before I begin this job.
1. How do I pull the axle, given that I don't have the special tool listed in the shop manual, and the Motors manual just says to use a 'suitable puller'. Slide hammer with a crow's foot attached to the brake drum, then pull the brake drum from the axle after its out? (Thats my best guess, but I'd be more comfortable trying it if someone who had actually done it would advise.)
2. Neither manual gives any instructions to pack the bearing with grease, but it sure looks to me like it needs to be. Inner seal to keep gear lube out, grease for the bearing, outer seal to keep grease in seems to be the configuration, but again, the manuals are no help. Whats up with the 'axle shaft bearing oil hole plug' (#42 on page 27 of the shop manual)?
I'd really appreciate some advice before I tear this beast apart!
Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:29 PM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:13 AM
An aside: I've always been a Chevy man, with goods feelings towards 60's and 70's Mopars, of which I've owned a few. When I compare the engineering on this Chrysler with that of the two '51 Chevy's I've owned, I'm amazed! Its as if this car is 10-15 years newer! It LOOKS like a '50s car, and Feels like one when I drive it, but there's absolutely no comparison when it comes to engineering. For example:
No Stock Oil Filter
Powerglide (2speed, what a joke)or
3 on the tree
Troublesome mechanical brakelight switch
2 speed electric wipers (Works going uphill, wow!)
Replaceable shell bearings
One piece rubber rear main seal (replaceable)
Factory full flow oil filter
bulletproof 4 speed transmission
Pressure switch for brakelights
I'll bet Mopar owners of the 50's felt like the keepers of a closely guarded secret!
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:48 PM
My factory repair manual shows pulling out the axle shaft with a special puller. After removing brake assembly and fitting a special sleeve on the axle to protect the seal.
Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:35 PM
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:36 PM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:56 PM
c49er: I'm reasonably sure that I ruined the bearing/seal in the first place by smacking the wheel puller (of course I later read that one should never do that). So I'd definitely restrict THAT maneuver to parts cars, or a situation where I planned to replace BOTH bearings and seals.
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