ZTR (Cub Cadet M72 Tank) Caster wheel yoke (need help)

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by CentralIL, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. CentralIL

    CentralIL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I am trying to remove the caster wheel yoke on my Cub Cadet M72 Tank.
    After I remove the cotter pin and slotted nut. How do I get the yoke out of the Front Axel Assembly?

    Here is a picture. My gut tells me to just use a block of wood and hammer it out, but I don't want to mess anything up.

    Thanks in advance.

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Use a block of wood and hammer it out....
  3. Diesel59

    Diesel59 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Yup... block of wood and hammer.... just be careful not to mess up the threads
  4. CentralIL

    CentralIL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I used a 3lb hammer and a block of wood last night and it would not budge. I did manage to split several pieces of wood.

    Does anyone have any other tricks on how to get this out.

    I am replacing the Yolk anyway, so the threads really aren't an issue.
  5. Diesel59

    Diesel59 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    If u aren't concerned with damaging it.... the Just beat it out with a sledge hammer. As long as the castle nut And cotter pin is removed. It should come out
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  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Like what the others have said, I just replaced mine last week and had to really pound on it.
  7. Jasonn B

    Jasonn B LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 148

    I got a flat tire a while back, got it fixed, and when I put the tire back on, I guess I didn't tighten the bolts up on the yoke fork enough. When I was mowing the other day, I noticed the bolt and nut was turning through the yoke, see pics here, http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=4415720&posted=1#post4415720

    1) I'm guessing it's best to order a new yoke, around $75, or have my friend that can weld/fix anything? Of course I told him what happened, and he says he can fix it?

    2) IF I order a new "yoke" is that all I need? The part you need to pound out with the threads, does a new one come with the new yoke?

    3) What should that bolt/nut that goes through the yoke/wheel be torqued to? Mine got loose and caused this.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012

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