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Old 11-30-2009, 09:24 PM
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Ford 8 inch axle end play

I have a maverick 8 inch in my 55 sunliner and after I pulled the axles for new bearings I thought I did not tighten one down so I pulled them apart and found I did tighten them up but one axle will come out a little over a 1/8 inch and the other will not move at all,what is the normal end play for a 8 inch and it will be coming apart for a gear change so if this is not acceptable I will get it repaired.

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Old 12-01-2009, 06:22 AM
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The 8 inch should have sealed ball bearings, which are not suppose to have any play in them. I think you have a bad bearing. You need to check it out before driving anymore.
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:45 AM
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The bearings have less then 4000 miles on them.
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If the bearing has 1/8" end play, it's bad if it's still in the box new.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:34 AM
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The bearing should have been pressed on by someone. Are you sure they didn't damage the bearing or possibly not press the bearing all the way on the axle? I'd check that too.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:25 PM
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I was told by a local machine shop that its not pressed on all the way or there is a problem with the retainer,its also howling when on the gas and was told it could be a ring and pinion so it will be coming apart soon for another bearing and a gear change and its not going back to who installed the bearings.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:42 PM
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Howling when on the gas is an improper contact pattern between the ring and pinion gears, and yeah, the end play should be negligable (read down in the thousandths to ten-thousandths of an inch) and should be corrected soon before much more if any more driving.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:52 PM
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Its going to come apart next week.
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Finally got it in the big garage and took it apart,either the bearing was not pressed on tight enough or the bearing is too big for the axle. The axles is going in for another bearing or see if it can be saved.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:56 PM
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Axle is toast and I found one from a 9 inch that is the exact length and fits the 8 inch so its going to get a new bearing and use the retainer plate from the original axle so I hope to have it back on the road next week,tomorrow I am going to get a extra maverick 8 inch to keep in stock.
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check the shop.

I took my 9 in axles to a shop to have the bearings replaced. I called and asked if they had a press to do the job. when I picked up the shafts I noticed a bad spot next to the new bearing. I asked if they had trouble getting the bearing off. the guy said NO he just heated it with the torch and a sledge hammer. He had gouged the shaft with the torch. I complained about the job and never went back and told everyone I knew to stay away.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:18 PM
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I think the original bearing done the damage and I dont remember the shop saying anything about a loose fit on one of the bearings but its real sloppy now.
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:49 AM
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I know a lot of people cut the bearings off with a torch. I worked at a Ford dealer for a while and that is how they got them off. I saw a lot of them with nicks from the torch.
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