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Rear axle bearing retainers

Posted: August 18th, 2013, 8:06 pm
by gcurl
I pulled the axles last night while hunting down leaks and noticed I have two different bearing retainers. This explains the leak I've had on the left rear brake plate. Looks like the correct retainer for my application is 311.501.311 while my left side had 311.501.311A. The A suffix only has a bit over 5mm of bearing area while the non suffix part number has over 8mm of bearing area. After looking around online, it looks like 311.501.311 is a bit more difficult to find as it was a 64-66 part(per the samba). Has anyone run into a problem like this or have a good source for the 311.501.311 bearing retainer?

"A" suffix on the right showing less bearing area (heavily warped after over tightening to keep the brake backing plate from moving)

Re: Rear axle bearing retainers

Posted: August 20th, 2013, 5:01 pm
by satterley_sr
I have some shorter bearing retainers. paypal me $10 to my e-mail address & i will send you one.