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Re: [Spridgets] bearing noise

To: spridgets@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] bearing noise
From: Gerard <pixelsmith@gerardsgarage.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:39:54 -0700

Next places to check are the rear U-joint (chances are it's the same  
vintage/condition as the front one) and the differential pinion  
bearing. You might be able to get an idea of the pinion bearing wear  
by dropping the driveshaft and feeling if the is any noticeable side- 
to-side play. If end up replacing those bearings (there is an inner  
and outer bearing set), don't forget to get a new distance piece  
(these are collapsable and only one time use) and a new oil seal. You  
should review the R & R procedure in the Bentley manual to make sure  
this is something you want to tackle as it does require some  
additional tools. Other issue might be too much backlash. While you  
have it apart, check the rear wheel bearing as well. Might be worth  
replacing in the process anyway.


On Sep 14, 2010, at 11:00 AM, spridgets-request@autox.team.net wrote:

> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:17:44 -0400
> From: Michael Rowe <mdrowe@optonline.net>
> Subject: [Spridgets] bearing noise
> To: Spridget Chat Group <spridgets@autox.team.net>
> Message-ID: <1FE722E042554DA9976197C2463AA641@Home>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> I just replaced my front wheel bearings, rebuilt the front brake  
> calipers, and replaced a very dead front universal joint (no grease  
> zerk!).  But I continue to have what I think is a different bearing  
> problem that seems to be in the drive train, as the front wheels  
> spin freely.  I fear that I may have done something wrong with the  
> universal (maybe dropped a needle?), but my rear wheels are also  
> very loose.
> There is more than 1" of play in the differential at the wheels and  
> there are what might be bearing noises or differential noises coming  
> from somewhere in there.  What should I be looking for to trace this  
> problem?
> Michael Rowe
> '74 Bugeyed Midget
> '60 Sprite kit
> Long Island, NY

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