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    Default Kato GS4 driver issue

    So, my loco front driver has this issue of the driver tire getting loose from the wheel. It's only loose on the one side,. I did try squeezing it back into place with some flat needlenose, and it pops right back out. I have removed it from the frame now, and am wondering if it is fixable or if I should just contact Kato. It is not a first edition loco, as it came with DCC by Kato.PIC_0112.jpg
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    hi badlandnp,

    how do you feel about dismounting driver/axle sets from your loco?

    that is about the best way.
    The driver center is pressed into a metal driver.
    and you can from the inside... erm.. If the axle set is out, the chassis is not in the way.
    you can add a little glue from the back side of the driver once you are sure you have
    all where it needs to fit.

    I had one center that was pretty loose; some super glue and poink into place.
    I had the axle out because I was not sure what was going to happen.

    victor

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    Will give that a try and keep you posted. Thanks.
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    I would order a new set of drivers from Kato. Replace the front only and save the rest for spares.
    watch that small pin- it’s VERY small. Has a matter of fact I would order some pins at the same time.
    BTW the driver set price has been reduced!

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    Well, last night I used a syringe and applied some 90% isopropyl to the tire wheel joint. Then clamped the pieces together after that dried thoroughly, the tire snicked a little bit when it went back into place after the cleaning. A pin was used to apply a bit of flexible ACC to the back of the joint, and it appeared to seep into the joint. Today I reassembled it and ran it and it ran well.

    Now we will see how it lasts.
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    Today i run in the almost same trouble. My loco was seating for a while in my shelf. I run it and the traction rubber tire jump out in both side. I put back and no more than 1m jump again. Both of them became lose and do not stay tight on place. Bye bye with help of blade, open the Bullfrog Snot jar and i apply four coats, one by one after dry, to fill the grove on wheel. Loco run perfect, no more rubber to get stuck in the wheels. I have to buy another jar to have whit me in case of disaster with another one. I will not buy traction tire for any locomotive, they tent to become large by self, even if not running for a period. I have locos with Bullfrog for more than 2 years, did not go anywhere, did not crack, lost or another trouble. Best one by the way is KATO MIKADO, i have four, and only a layer of Bullfrog Snot make the big difference, all four are pulling like beasts.

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