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Ford 4000 rear end

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Posted by Thomas on June 28, 2004 at 07:22:56 from (

Hello, I have a newly purchased Ford 4000 from the 60's with many hours on it. I seems to me that there is plenty of gear slack in the rear end when stopped and switching from forward to reverse. I have never owned a tractor with a planetary rear end before, maybe this is normal. Does anyone know if the planetary sets or bearings are prone to failure on a high hour tractor? Can you replace the sun and planetary gears without replacing the larger outer ring gear? I'm wondering if I should disassemble it to check it out.... One of the rear axle seals leak and probably have to disassemble the whole rear to replace that anyhow. I can't seem to locate in my ford books whether any special ford tools are needed in the seal replacement... I'm somewhat hesitant, but I would hate to wait for something to fail and cost me big $$.
thanks tom

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