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    Default Ford 3000 axle leak

    A friend of mine wants me to fix their Ford 3000 tractor. They said the right brake wasn't working. I looked at it and pulled the little observation plug in the brake drum and quickly saw the problem - all oily in there. They should be dry.
    So, my question is, what is causing the leak? I'm thinking an inner axle seal?
    If so, is there anything else I will need to replace when I pull the axle. What about the outer seal? Any tips on pulling the axle?
    I'm the type to usually just tear into something and figure out what's wrong, but in this case I need to have everything ready before I go pick it up because they are using it a lot so it needs to be a quick repair.
    Any help appreciated - thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    got a service manual? if not.. I'd get one.. even if it is the thin I&T manual.

    I'd do all seals, and put new shoes on. some people try to clean the shoes.. if you are real low on money, and the shoews are still thick, and you got the time to do so.. may be ok..

    always check the bearings and repack if you have it down that far.

    cherry picker helps with the weight.. especially if you have a load levler for that trumpet

    wedge the front axle supports for more stability as you will need to jack and support her well to work on that trumpet and brake..

    check the other side brake while you are at it..

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    got a service manual? if not.. I'd get one.. even if it is the thin I&T manual.

    I'd do all seals, and put new shoes on. some people try to clean the shoes.. if you are real low on money, and the shoews are still thick, and you got the time to do so.. may be ok..

    always check the bearings and repack if you have it down that far.

    cherry picker helps with the weight.. especially if you have a load levler for that trumpet

    wedge the front axle supports for more stability as you will need to jack and support her well to work on that trumpet and brake..

    check the other side brake while you are at it..

    soundguy
    Thanks soundguy.
    Yeah, if it was my tractor I'd be going through everything, but my friend wants to save $$. You know the saying - whatever makes the customer happy I was going to see if the dealership would at least print me some parts diagrams for it. If not I may have to get the service manual.

    The tractor is used on steep hills continually, so I'm guessing the pads are probably getting thin. I'm replacing both sides.

    I've got cherry picker, jacks, stands, etc. - should be good to go there. Hopefully Hadn't thought of wedging the front axle - thanks for the tip.

    Bearings - yes, thanks for the reminder. Will definitely check and repack if needed.

    I was only planning on replacing the inner seal, but you think I should do them all? If it was mine I would... Perhaps I should just tell them they need to. At least on the leaking side.

    Not having seen a manual or even parts diagram, is the axle fairly easy to remove? Any tips or tricks/things to keep in mind there?

    Thanks again.
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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    you dont need to pull the trumpet housing to change the seals you need to remove the fender, wheel and brakes, then there is a row of bolt out on the end of the trumpet housing i believe its 8 bolts remove them and you can slide the axle out. Some of the axles have a nut on them or a collar (if it has the collar you will have to bust it off) that you remove to get to the bearing and outer seal the inner seal you just pull out of the the trumpet housing after you remove the axle

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodat526 View Post
    you dont need to pull the trumpet housing to change the seals you need to remove the fender, wheel and brakes, then there is a row of bolt out on the end of the trumpet housing i believe its 8 bolts remove them and you can slide the axle out. Some of the axles have a nut on them or a collar (if it has the collar you will have to bust it off) that you remove to get to the bearing and outer seal the inner seal you just pull out of the the trumpet housing after you remove the axle
    Thanks, that is helpful information. I saw the 8 bolt you describe - pull those and the axle slides out? Any realignment issues with getting it back in?

    Sorry if this is a dumb question - I'm not familiar with these Fords, but is there a fluid I'll need to put back in once I'm done? If so, what type?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    Quote Originally Posted by jshwhite View Post
    Thanks, that is helpful information. I saw the 8 bolt you describe - pull those and the axle slides out? Any realignment issues with getting it back in?

    Sorry if this is a dumb question - I'm not familiar with these Fords, but is there a fluid I'll need to put back in once I'm done? If so, what type?

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    yea when you pull those bolts the axle will slide out and there shouldn't be any realignment issues.

    as far as the oil goes it just takes utf hyd fluid it needs nothing special

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodat526 View Post
    yea when you pull those bolts the axle will slide out and there shouldn't be any realignment issues.

    as far as the oil goes it just takes utf hyd fluid it needs nothing special
    Thanks. Doesn't sound like too complicated of a project - I'm starting to get a little more confident about it
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    m2c134 is the fluid spec for the rear end and hyds.. most stores like farm stores and some walmarts.. etc carry a generic utf that meets those specs.

    if you only want parts diagrams.. they are free online.. hit the NH website, parts, then with the model # ( 3000 ) it will pull up system by system parts lists and diagrams.

    me? I'd do all seals and whatnot.. what your buddy wants to pay for may not be what I'd do..

    thus said.. you do what ya gotta do!

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    Soundguy, thanks so much. I had no idea I could get those diagrams on the NH website. That will help a lot.

    I suggested doing all the seals and told them it would probably save in the long run since I'll already have things torn apart - I think they're going to.

    Thanks again
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    Default Re: Ford 3000 axle leak

    Quote Originally Posted by jshwhite View Post
    Thanks. Doesn't sound like too complicated of a project - I'm starting to get a little more confident about it
    the only hard part is if the bearing and outer seal is held on with a collar instead of a nut i can be hard to get the collar off and you will need to replace the collar also

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