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Thank you! What about the groove that the left side was worn? Is that okay or should something be done? And when you say turn the bolts out to meet the axle you mean back them out to put pressure on the bolt head?


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I believe there is/was a kit to replace the wear pads on the frame, but if you are handy with a welder it would be a pretty easy repair. It looks like the repair kit bolts on, which may be easier if you don't weld.
AM101198 kit.
The pieces also come up separately. The individul pad is ~$20
 
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I should add I like PO's repair (That slot cut in the pad/strap, and then squeezed with a vise-grip or pounded with a hammer to make a bit of a feed ramp for the adjustment bolt).
 

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Drafter,

The ramp idea is exactly the wrong approach!! As the axle pivots on uneven ground, the bolt head clearance is quite variable, and can even bind and stick when it reaches far up into the frame slot in that area.

The heads of the axle stop bolts should not be forced onto the mating surface, but should not have a large gap either. The clearance should be as constant as possible throughout the axle travel when pivoting. Here is an illustration from the manual:
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There are replaceable wear plates in the axle channel on these tractor frames -- if you have deep groves in the existing ones they should be replaced or perhaps turned over. Use a dry lube if anything in this area, as grease will attract abrasive grime and speed the wear.

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...note the scale of the axle wear plate hardware and the actual axle stop bolt are grossly exaggerated in the drawing...the mounting hardware is M8 and the axle bolt is M16 (twice the shank diameter...)

JMILLER -- looks like the axle bolt in your picture is free to turn (not locked down by the nut to the axle casting...) which would let it move out to touch, and that would squeak loudly for sure. Once adjusted with a new wear surface you should be rewarded with much quieter operation. (y)

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Yeah, I probably should have used the heavy sarcasm font on the word "like".

There used to be a a website with dubious repairs called "there I fixed it" or something, this would certainly qualify.

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Thanks Drafter! Where did you find this kit? I’m not having luck finding it online or on Deeres website.


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I found it on the Deere parts website: https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/sidebyside/equipment/65685/referrer/navigation/pgId/270639 (It's in the 332 fiche, but I assume it's in the 318 and 322 as well)

Now, sometimes the kit is NLA, but the individual parts are still available. This thing would be pretty east recreate, though if the kit is big $ (which it may be).
 
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