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Maintenance - Rear Axle
rear axle is of the hypoid bevel
type, with semi-floating hubs and detachable axle
shafts. The housing is of tubular banjo
construction incorporating flanges for the
attachment of brake plates, and also the
attachment brackets for the rear springs. The
driving pinion and crown wheel, together with the
differential assembly, are carried in the
differential carrier, which is mounted in the
housing, being attached by eight studs and nuts.
The drive from the gearbox is taken
by the front universal joint through an open
tubular drive shaft to the rear universal joint,
thence through the rear universal joint coupling
to the driving pinion. It is extremely unlikely
that the axle will require any attention apart
from ensuring that the lubricant is maintained at
the correct level at the correct service
repairs are necessary, we strongly advise that
these are not attempted by the owner, but are
left in the hands of Authorised Ford Dealers who
have trained personnel and are equipped for this
|Check the Rear Axle Oil
Level - (1000 Mile Service)
At intervals of 1000 miles, the oil level should
be inspected, a level plug being fitted on the
rear of the differential housing for this purpose.
With the car standing
on level ground, remove the combined filler and
level plug, which is located halfway up the axle
(on earlier cars there is also a drain plug
located in the bottom of the axle.) Check the oil
level, which should be level with the bottom of
the filler plug hole. If required top up with the
correct Grade of Oil until the level reaches
the filler plug hole.
Only Hypoid and not
ordinary gear oil is to be used in the rear axle.
Replace the filler
plug and tighten securely. Periodically check the
tightness of the filler plug.
|Rear Axle Drain Plug
- (5000 Mile Service)
On earlier cars, a drain plug is fitted in the
centre of the axle housing at the bottom. It is
no longer necessary to drain the lubricant at any
service, but it is advisable to check the
tightness of the drain plug when checking the oil
level. For those with earlier cars, the oil may
be drained every 5000 miles if so desired.
Preferably drain the rear axle when the car has
just completed a long run and the oil is warm.
Place a suitable container under the rear axle
drain plug and remove the drain plug. The warm
oil will drain more easily then, bringing with it
any sediment or foreign matter. Replace the plug
securely after draining the oil.
Remove the filler plug and
refill the axle housing with the correct grade of
hypoid gear oil until it reaches the level of the
filer plug hole located half way down the axle
housing at the rear. Replace the filler plug
securely when the axle has been filled.
|The rear hub
bearings are packed with lubricant when the car
is built and should normally operate indefinitely
without any further attention.
In the event of a new crown wheel and pinion or
new bearings being fitted to the axle, it should
be run in, at the speed specified for a new car,
avoiding harsh acceleration etc.
Information taken from Various Ford
Anglia Instruction Books and Handbooks..
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