YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

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YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby Aaron » Mon May 18, 2015 10:30 am

We would really like to thank Marc S. from Pittsburgh PA for sending us this excellent write-up!


KNUCKLE SEAL REPLACEMENT


ON NEWER (usually after serial #41217) STYLE YM336D / 3110D YANMAR TRACTOR

I got tired of the gear-oil in the front-wheel drive making a mess by dripping from the old and worn knuckle seal and onto the garage floor. This tutorial will detail the procedure that I used in changing my left seal. What I actually changed was the sleeve that attaches to the outer portion of the vertical part of the spindle housing, in addition to the brass collar and rubber seal that go inside the lower front gear case. To install these parts, it is not necessary to take apart the lower front gear case in order to remove the large front final gear. True, it makes it more difficult to install the internal brass collar and rubber seal as you will see later, however, the extra work involved in completely disassembling the lower front gear case is not worth the effort. I used a floor jack to elevate one side of the axle. Of course, I also placed a jack-stand under the frame for added security in case the floor jack failed. Always take the time to ensure safe working practices even though it takes a few extra minutes. This “extra mile” by expending a few extra minutes in effort and thought is better than skimping on safety, having an accident, and spending a lot of time and pain in the hospital or even death. ALWAYS WORK SAFELY!!!

DEFINITIONS

There are a few major parts that I will constantly refer to. To eliminate any confusion between a part name in the Yanmar parts manual and the name of the same part as designated in Hoye’s parts website, I will use Hoye’s designation due to the fact that their designation is clearer and they also permit us to post on their great website.

Hoye Designation - / - Yanmar Designation

Lower Front Gear case - / - Front Gear Box

Spindle Housing - / - Front Gear case

Lower Spindle Gear - / - Final Pinion

Tie-Rod Bracket - / - Knuckle Arm


Please feel free to reply with your comments or to add suggestions, as there are numerous ways of performing this procedure. I will number the photos for easy reference.



1. This mess is caused by gear oil seeping out of the lower spindle housing due to worn-out seal and sleeve.

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2. A close-up view of seal seeping gear oil.

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3. Use floor jack to elevate the side of the axle that you will be working on. Remember to place jack-stand under frame for added safety. Disconnect tie-rod from the tie rod bracket. My tie-rod can be seen as swung away in the upper right part of the photo.

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4. Tie rod bracket with tie-rod disconnected. Notice worn top of sleeve at joint above drain plug.

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5. Support entire lower front gear case with wood underneath. It is very heavy and you do not want to stress the threads when you remove the 4 bolts from the steering arm assembly. Photo shows the 4 bolts loosened.

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6. My lower front gear case was rusted to the steering arm and would not come apart even after the 4 bolts were removed. Notice the shims sticking out slightly between the lower front gear case and the steering arm.

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7. Using a lot of penetrating oil and putty knife, I was able to break free the seal of rust.

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8. I pulled out 2 shims on each side.

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9. With a lot of patience and penetrating oil, I was able to completely separate the lower front gear case from the steering arm.

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10. Underside of the steering arm. I later cleaned off the rust and oiled the surface.

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11. Lower front gear case was placed onto solid work table. Notice top-view of round lower spindle gear and partial view of large final gear, brass collar, and rubber seal.

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12. Close-up view from top showing brass collar and rubber seal that need to be removed.

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13. Turn lower front gear case onto its flat side (lug nut holes down). Remove 6 bolts that attach the axle housing bottom plate to the bottom of the lower front gear case. Notice bottom of the bearing that is attached to the lower spindle gear.

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14. Gently push out lower spindle gear and bearing from the top using rubber mallet. It will come out as one assembly. Be very careful to not drop this slippery assembly. Check for any slight binding by spinning the lower spindle gear and bearing. I soaked mine in clean diesel, spun it in small bucket of diesel to loosen and remove any dirt within the bearing/gear. Finally, I soaked the entire bearing/gear assembly in oil until I was ready to reassemble. Scrape off old gasket residue on both surfaces.

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15. Side-top view showing brass collar and rubber seal that need to be removed.

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16. Bottom view showing brass collar and rubber seal that need to be removed.

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17. Top view showing brass collar and seal removed. I used large flat blade screwdriver to easily prior out rubber seal. See photo 18 for collar removal.

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18. To remove brass collar, I used appropriate size socket and hammer to drive-out collar from top.

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19. View of collar and seal.

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20. Use puller to remove sleeve from bottom of spindle housing.

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21. TIME TO INSTALL.
These are the 4 parts that I ordered from Hoye.

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22. Oil-up and install brass collar from bottom using small socket with extension as viewed and installed from bottom. Be careful not to hit the gears!


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23. Installed brass collar as viewed from top.

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24. The new seal is oiled-up, placed inside with the open end facing BOTTOM. Once again, a socket and extension were used to seat the seal by hitting it up from the bottom on all exposed edges. This is not the ideal way to “punch-in” the seal, but as mentioned in the beginning, it beats disassembling the lower front gear case and removing the large final gear in order to gain clear access. The seal is rubber coated on steel. Notice in the second photo, the distortion to the rubber caused by hitting the socket in order to seat the seal inside the spindle housing and against the brass collar. Mine was a VERY tight fit. Don’t worry because this outer ring of the seal does not contact the part of the sleeve that attaches to the bottom of the lower spindle housing that will form a tight seal to prevent oil from leaking.


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25. Views from top of seated rubber seal.


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26. Carefully oil-up and install lower spindle gear/bearing assembly into bottom of spindle housing. Place gasket on to the bottom of the spindle housing and attach axle housing bottom plate using 6 bolts and torque wrench at proper setting.



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27. Oil-up inside of sleeve and spindle housing. Install sleeve at bottom of lower front spindle housing by driving it up until it hits the two stops in the casting. I did not have the exact fit to act as a driver; so I cut a piece of PVC pipe, used a large screwdriver to pull it apart so that the pipe would fit around the lip of the sleeve. I used the side of a sledgehammer to drive it up. Once properly seated, the screwdriver was necessary to once again split apart the pipe so that it could be removed from the sleeve.

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28. Two people are required for this final step. Support lower front gear case on wood boards and place into position under spindle housing and spindle shaft. Have one person (the stronger individual) lift up the lower front gear case and match-up the lower spindle gear that is already inside of the lower front gear case to the spindle shaft which extends out of the spindle housing. At the same time, the rubber seal in the lower front gear case will mate with the sleeve on the spindle housing and the other person installs the bolts. It is best to either support the lower front gear case with wood (or muscle) instead of using the 4 bolts to raise the heavy gear box.

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29. Be sure to reinstall the shims that were removed. Proceed to torque the 4 bolts to proper specifications.

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30. After properly torqueing the 4 bolts, the job is complete. After installing the wheel and removing the jack, the weight of the tractor will compress the rubber seal and sleeve to form a tight seal that will prevent gear oil leaks.

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We would really like to thank Marc S. from Pittsburgh PA for sending us this excellent write-up!

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby winston » Mon May 18, 2015 4:51 pm

Excellent, thanks Marc.

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby markey » Mon May 18, 2015 6:17 pm

Thank you Winston! I hope that it proves valuable to others who are "on-the-fence" about performing this repair. Thanks to Aaron for adding info that this procedure is also the same for the 3110D, 3220D, 2610D.

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby adula » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:47 pm

Hi,
I did not have any shims on my 3110D. Do I need them and how do I determine what size I need?
Thanks,
Alex

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby Eric67ct » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:34 am

Hi everyone. I have a John Deere 1050 tractor which, from what I have heard, is the same as the Yanmar 336D.

I have a leaking front axle seal (MFWD) and need to replace it.

I went on Hoye's site and there's a "old" and "new" model parts list for the tractor. I contacted Hoye and gave them my serial number and they replied (you'll either have to buy both old and new parts and return the incorrect ones for a 10% restocking fee or take it apart and then figure out what parts I need).

Is there a better way to determine the correct parts I need?

Thanks,
Eric

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby Aaron » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:03 pm

According to Deere's website the cutoff is SN 7100 (or maybe 11000 depending on how you read the diagram- it is a little cryptic) BUT we have seen that number be extremely inaccurate on the Yanmar side so we always recommend you look at the seal size first... or buy both and send one back.

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Re: YM336D YM3110D Front Axle Seal Replacement

Postby Eric67ct » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:13 am

Thanks - I talked to Hoye and decided to remove the seals and send them a picture to get the right fit.


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