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RichardW 180112 172 County 1174 either
County 1174
Here's a word of warning to all you County owners.
A couple weeks ago the front hub of the 1174 started to weep
oil from the output shaft end. "Oh dear!" I thought [well
similar to this] I drove on a bit further and noticed that
the entire front wheel was in fact moving in and out of the
hub!!! Now I am really worried.
So I opened up the cover on the inside of the hub and
noticed that the heads of all three bolts that hold the
diff. output shaft in had broken off!!!
I did a spot check on the other hub and found the bolts were
loose - no doubt given time the result would have been the
same.....or potentially worse.
It seems that the cause of this is wear occuring in the
output shaft bearings which, in turn, causes the retaining
bolts to loose their retaining torque and work slack.

The main parts list included 3 x new 9/16 UNF bolts, new
seals [County supplied thru NH dealer] and bearings from
Wyko Bearing Co.

As you can see we've done a slightly more permanent fix this
time and besides 'loctiting' the bolts in we've wired them
with some MIG wire.

Be warned and check your hubs if you're in any doubt.

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alright richard.
that looks like that could have been expensive
had it gone on any longer.did you drill the bolt heads to
put the wire through? me and 3mm drill bits dont get along
very well. cheers mike
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Hello there Mike,

Yes, it could have been very expensive and not least
embarrassing,if the wheel had suddenly come out of the hub
and dissapeared off down the road, not to say what it
could/would do to the crown-wheel and pinion not meshing
I drilled them out with a 2mm drill bit - and I'd be a
bloody liar if I said I didn't break any bits, in fact one
bolt got thrown in the bin for that very reason, I just
couldn't extract the broken half. It goes to show the depth
of hardening on the bolt heads.

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alright richard.
i had a ford 5000 with a loader on hire for
clearing some tree belts, it had a roadless front axle (no
propshaft)but the lugged tyres withstood puntures better all
was well until loading the fire i noticed both front wheels
were pointing outwards. ihad to get out pretty quick
dragging front was 20 foot and i had no cab.i can
still smell singed hair now. cheers mike
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