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Re: Dana 44 Axle Bearing
Sorry it took so long to respond, been responding to other e-mails and posts.
OK, so I'm here looking over the manuals. I'm going to quote a few passages from the manual, it's easier than paraphrasing, they're in order, but there may be more stuff inbetween.
"<font color=blue>Bearing cup or outer race is a loose fit in axle housing.
Bearings are grease lubed at assembly. Early production axles use inboard seals to keep differential lube from outer bearings. Late production axles however, use a different housing that does not require the inboard seal.</font color=blue>
<font color=red>IMPORTANT: If axle has an inboard seal, be sure seal is returned to its position if removed. </font color=red>
<font color=blue>The wheel bearing is held on axle shaft by press fit cone plus the press fit or retainer ring. The bearing cup and rib ring are clamped together in axle housing through the outboard seal by retainer plate. The outboard seal wipes on rotating axle shaft and at the same time provides a static seal preventing the escape of lubricant between the housing and seal outside diameter.
It should be noted that seal serves as a spacer in the clamp-up of bearing in axle housing. It is through specific manufacturing tolerances that axle shaft end play is controlled. It follows then, that correct components and assembly procedures must be used during the rebuild to ensure proper shaft end play. <font color=red>*There is no adjustment for axle shaft end play on either side of axle housing.*</font color=red>
Insert backing plate mounting bolts and tighten nuts finger tight. Working through the access holes in axle shaft flange, alternately tighten nuts to approximately 15 ft-lbs. Nuts should be tightened so that seal and wheel bearing are drawn square and tight against their respective seats.</font color=blue>"
I also have a section on "Adjusting Ring Type", but don't think you'd have that as it's pretty intense compared to the standard bearing setup. You'd know you had one if you've already taken it apart.
That's about it, there is a lot more, but just standard dis-assembly/assembly stuff. If I had the scanner running I'd scan it and send it to you, so you'd have it. I should have it working in a week, when I get the new OS for the computer. Sounds like maybe the parts are wrong. causing it to be assembled with too much play?
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