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Pilot Bearing Removal


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We're putting in a new clutch and everything that goes with that while swapping our transmission and couldn't get the pilot bearing out today.  We borrowed a pilot bearing puller from someone and it's kind of worn out and won't get a good enough bite on the back of the bearing.  On top of the fact that it's probably been in there for decades so it's not going to give up easily.

 

Does anyone have suggestions for other ways to get the pilot bearing out?

 

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I posted a link to a youtube video I created as well in the past. Packing with grease creates hydraulic effect forcing the bearing out. Will only work with a sealed bearing. Not a needle type bearing

This is where the bread comes in handy. It will not squish through the needles as easily. No, I am not joking.
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Well if you gots the dollars, Snap-On makes a pilot bearing puller that works well.  I've borrowed it twice to good effect.  But I also successfully used the grease method once also.  Your choice.

 

Possibly you could fab a puller that would work.

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We borrowed a snap-on pilot bearing tool this morning and it wouldn't even make it budge and in fact broke the arms on the tool, so I have to replace these on my friends tool.  The part that was stuck was the outer ring of a pencil bearing type pilot bearing.  The grease method had no chance of getting this ring out.  We used various tools on the Dremel, chisels, hammer, screw drivers and after several hours finally got it out, in pieces. That outer ring is the super hardened steal.

 

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