Rear Axle Nut

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Posted by Tom S. on March 24, 2019 at 17:05:43 [URL] [DELETE] :

My left rear tire ('49 8N) was leaking so I removed the tire and took it in for repair. Earlier in the year I'd noticed that a small gear oil leak had started from that hub, and I had thought it might be that the seal needed changing. But when I went to check that out I noticed that the big nut on the end of the axle was actually loose (with no retaining clip in sight! And, yes, I'm glad the wheel didn't fall off.)

At this point, should I just tighten the nut to the recommended 400 ft/lbs, install a new clip, and see if that takes care of the leak? Or might the loose nut have led to another problem that I'm not anticipating? When I had the tractor up on blocks the wheel didn't seem loose, though I wasn't looking for a problem at that point.

Thanks for any advice.

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