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How to Remove the Rear Wheel From a John Deere Model A

The John Deere Model A first hit the farm fields in 1934. The 34-horsepower tractor had a two-cylinder engine with a total displacement of 321 cubic inches. The tractor was popular with row-crop farmers because of its adjustable rear wheels. By moving the wheels in or out, the tractor could accommodate the row spacing of any crop for cultivation. The same adjustability is used to remove the rear wheel.

Step 1

Jack up the rear end of the tractor so the wheels are about an inch off the ground. Place blocks under the axle and base of the tractor for more stable support before removing the jacks.

Step 2

Locate the hub clamps. The hub clamp can be on the inside or outside of the rear wheels. Loosen the bolts of the hub clamp.

Step 3

Drive a large steel punch through the opening in the rear wheel hub against the hub clamp. This breaks loose any rust that may hold the hub clamp to the axle.

Step 4

Pull the wheel and hub clamp toward the end of the axle. Liberal applications of penetrating oil may help the parts move along the axle.

Step 5

Remove the hub clamp, if it was on the outside, first. The wheel should then slide off the axle.

Things You Will Need

  • Jacks
  • Blocks
  • Wrench
  • Penetrating oil

Tips

  • This equipment is at least 60 and possibly more than 80 years old. Expect bolts to be rusted in place and parts to be tough to move.
  • Reassembly involves placing either the hub clamp or the wheel on the axle first then fitting the other. Adjust the spacing of the rear wheels to fit the farm work you do. For collectible tractors, the wheels are often set to the widest spacing so that none of the axle extends past the wheel.

Warning

  • The wheel itself could be quite heavy. Have the proper equipment in place, or the help of some friends, when sliding it from the axle.

About the Author

Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.