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3212V axle Tube

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Charlieson
The wheel seal started leaking on my Sov. 3212V, so I started the process of pulling the seal. It was then that I found that the axle tube was broken. I removed the rearend and split her in half (what a job). I am going to replace the axle tube, the bearings on both sides and both wheel seals. Any suggestions or heads up on the reassembly process would be appreciated. This rear end looks just like a big old dodge gear box. All the gears look good,no broken teeth, no gunk in the gear case. My wife keeps asking why I dont buy a new mower, I just say they dont make them like Granny anymore. She's been real good. Looking forward to any suggestions. dwayne

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BillC
When sliding the right hand seal over the axle tube, cover the axle tube with a plastic bag to protect tearing the lip seal on the keyways on the axle tube. Replace all keys with new Simplicity keys. Also, check the keyways on end of the left hand axle shaft. After your are done it will be good for another 20 years.

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Charlieson
Thanks, The parts will not be in until Monday. I ordered new keys for her when I ordered the parts. Does anyone no how to adjust the drive belt? I think that is where my trouble started. I put a new vari-speed drive belt on then when I was pushing snow, it wouldnt declutch. I ended up popping it into reverse (shouldnt be so hard on the old girl). Any help here would be great. ddh

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MPH
DDH: Relative to the "wheel weights (or duals?) shorten axle tube life" theory, from prior threads, were you running either of these accessories when "popping" it into reverse? Do you frequently use weights or duals? Just curious.... Peter

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MPH
ddh, do a search on here for vs trannys, Kent has posted the instuctions before via links to somewhere..Sometime if you can't declutch try moving the vs to a different range, Out in the cold my clutch isn't prefect in hi range, but works fine at 3/4,,MPH

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Charlieson
I have fluid in the rear tires and chains with ice buster links on them. I should have been more careful with the old girl. But it sometimes seems as if there is no limit to what she is capable of. I dont have duals. I do have a set of wheel weights, but with the fluid in the tires I think that should be enough weight. I was pushing snow at the time. thanks, ddh

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Marion_Kerr
From "The Book"... Large Frame Garden Tractors Soverign, Landlord, Baron, 7000,& 7100 Models If operation indicates adjustments of the variable speed drive are necesary, refer to Figure 59. When doing these adjustments, be sure to follow the sequence indicated in the illustration. 1. Loosen the bolt holding the arm to the rocker assembly. Place the variable speed lever in fast with engine running and trans. in neutral. Adjust rocker position so belt is flush with pulley halves and tighten bolt. 2. Place variable speed lever in low with engine running and trans. in neutral. Adjust turnbuckle so belt is recessed 1/8" in large rear pulley. * Note * 1/8" recess is correct for new belts, older belts may ride higher. 3. Adjust forward edge of Idler Belt Stop(belt guard on idler pulley) to 8 7/8" from forward edge of axle. 4. Place variable speed lever in fast and adjust belt guard on front variable pulley to obtain 3/16" clearance. 5. This step shows the clutch adjustment as 7/8" between double nuts and rod guide in low speed (No. 1 position) and nuts must not touch rod guide when in high speed(No. 7) position. I hope you can figure it out from the description.

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