These photos might shed light on the problem of the broken plastic part re my LC+ Jersey Central Pacific tender truck.
This shows the missing axle bearing that resulted from a broken piece of plastic when the tender fell 4 feet onto the concrete floor:
This shows a loose piece of black plastic that spans the 2 wheel axles ("spanning plastic piece"), which is shown by the small screw driver pressing down on it:
On the other side of the same truck, the other spanning plastic piece is tightly fastened to the truck.
This next photo shows the new axle bearing inserted in the slot of the truck where it belongs, but it remains loose because there is nothing there to snap it into place:
With the axle bearing inserted and loose, if I also insert the wheel axle and turn the tender right side up, gravity holds the wheels in place, but that wheel axle falls out if I remove the tender from the track.
I believe the problem is this: that part of the spanning plastic piece is still there. In the photo below, my screwdriver is touching it:
I tried to remove it, but couldn't.
Based on George's above reply, I believe I need to get a whole new truck, or use glue to fasten the new axle bearing part and loose spanning plastic piece in place, or just keep the tender on the track at all times (either on a main line or siding) and rely on gravity to keep the wheels in place. I now have 3 spare axle bearings.
Any further thoughts?