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#1 posted 11-15-2016 05:29 PM

I’ve pulled the upper wheel and the tracking arm seems fine. No cracks, doesn’t look bent. I did notice that the upper axle had a little bit of wiggle in it, but in removing the arm I see that the axle isn’t really firmly attached so maybe this is normal?
- Ironwing_1

Yes, it’s normal. The upper wheel shaft is held in place via the pin that engages a notch cut in the back of it (middle right in the picture above). When you put the wheel on and tighten the nut, it pulls the shaft tight up against the pin, removing any play. When the wheel is off, it will flop around like a fish out of water, since there is no longer any force pulling it against that pin.


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