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The Official Blog for Texas Final Drive

The Final Drive Repair Shop House of Mechanical Horrors

Here are some final drive motor horrors from our own shop -- with some explanations of what caused them and how you can prevent them.


And while you're here, check out these terrifying Shop Talk Blog posts from the past ...

How Bearing Lubrication Can Go Wrong

by Dr McCaslin | Aug 11, 2021 |

Gear oil, bearings, Lubrication


Most of the time, when we think of issues with final drive bearings, we think about having too little gear oil or maybe not changing it often enough. You might be surprised by some of the other ways that lubrication can cause some serious problems for your final drive bearings--especially those in the planetary hub.

Here are a few other blog posts you might find useful:

Why Your Final Drive Bearings Keep Failing

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 18, 2021 |

Gear oil, bearings, Planetary Hub


In this Shop Talk Blog post, our focus will be on premature bearing failure on the planetary side of your final drive motor -- what causes it, and how to prevent it!

Here are a few other blog posts you might find interesting:

4 Horrifying Final Drive Failures

Not all final drive motor failures are equal! Some are just horrifying ...

Here are a few other Shop Talk Blog posts you might be interested in:

Facts You Need to Know about Bearings and Final Drive Motors

Every hydraulic motor, final drive, and travel motor is going to have bearings. Those bearings are a key component in its design and vital to its efficient operation. When bearings fail, quickly take out other parts and can render a hydraulic motor irreparably damaged. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you will learn key facts that you need to know about bearings and final drive motors.

Here are a few other blog posts you might want to take a look at ...

Signs of Bearing Failure in a Final Drive

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 16, 2018 |

Final Drive Failure, bearings

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A bad bearing can wipe out a final drive fast … but how can you tell if a bearing is going bad? Here are four things to look for that can indicate you have issues with your bearings. If your final drive is exhibiting any of these symptoms, you need to have it checked out right away.

Here are some additional posts that you might want to take a look at ...

Why Final Drive Bearings Fail

Bearings are one of those components on your final drive motor that is eventually going to wear out. Sometimes, however, they wear out sooner than they should. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss what contributes to bearing failure and how you can maximize the life of your bearings.

Here are some other blog posts we have that you might find helpful ...

Final Drive Motor Bearings

Bearings provide support, aid in alignment, constrain motion, minimize the wear and tear experienced by other components, and reduce friction. They are an indispensable part of your final drive motor, and when they fail the results can be catastrophic and irreparable. In this blog post, we are going to review the basics of bearings in a final drive and discuss topics including maintenance, cleaning, inspection, and signs of failure.

Here are a few other blog posts you might find helpful:

Common Bobcat Final Drive Motor Issues


Here at Texas Final Drive, we troubleshoot, repair, and remanufacture many final drives that come off Bobcat machines. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the most common issues with Bobcat final drive motors, including main bearing failure, case drain issues, and charge pump problems.

Here are a few other related posts that you may find helpful ...

Types of Bearings in a Final Drive

Any type of machine you encounter is going to have bearings in it.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the types of bearings in your final drive hydraulic motor. We'll also look at the different functions they serve, signs of failure, the aftermath of failure, and how to prevent failure.


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