Worn Hubs and Axles

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At our November Club meeting Art Bent brought a couple of rear outer axles seals for show and tell.  One of the seals had been distored by the hub and oil was leaking on the spokes.  The question he wanted answeres was, "what has happened"?  Some members felt that perhaps one of the Babbitt thrust washers  had disentegrated allowing the whole rear end to slide sideways.  That probably wasn't the case because the rear end had recently been rebuilt and new bronze washers installed. 

The concessus of the group was that the hub or axe shaft were worn enough to allow the hub to rub against the seal.

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