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Offline TXBoss302

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Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:41:11 am »
Anyone have a good way to pull a pilot bearing from the back of the crank? The one that was installed in my crank is a sealed bearing that is for a smaller input shaft ID. I need to pull it (hopefully without damaging it) so I can put a Ford needle bearing in place.

Do I need a special tool?
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Offline Fairlane514

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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 10:47:21 am »
They do make a slide hammer tool with a two prong hook, it pulls it in about 30 seconds.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 10:48:44 am »
Where to get? NAPA or tool truck?
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011, 10:50:40 am »
Fill the hole with thick grease from a grease gun it works the best and find a tool like a socket or extension[fill with grease also] that just fits perfect through the pilot bushing hole and hammer it in and the hydraulic pressure this creates will cause it to come out.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011, 10:59:31 am »
Sounds like a good idea... but I have a feeling I will make a mess.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 11:39:44 am »
Fill the hole with thick grease from a grease gun it works the best and find a tool like a socket or extension[fill with grease also] that just fits perfect through the pilot bushing hole and hammer it in and the hydraulic pressure this creates will cause it to come out.

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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 12:03:00 pm »
only tools you need are grease..to fill hole behind bearing...a socket that fits into hole...and a hammer. fill socket with grease as well. hydraulics effect pops the bearing out. i've done it this way. guaranteed success.

rags are used to clean up grease.

also, YOUTUBE has some videos posted that show you how. pick one.

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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 12:18:56 pm »
only tools you need are grease..to fill hole behind bearing...a socket that fits into hole...and a hammer. fill socket with grease as well. hydraulics effect pops the bearing out. i've done it this way. guaranteed success.

rags are used to clean up grease.

also, YOUTUBE has some videos posted that show you how. pick one.
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Offline David189412

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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2011, 12:36:22 pm »
This method of removing the pilot with grease also works well on the starter bushing on the brush end plate.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011, 01:29:33 pm »
Fill the pilot up with grease
Place a Craftman 3/8 drive 1/2in. 12 point socket on an extention BACKWARD
Insert said socket with attached extention in pilot hole
3 or 4 blows with a 12oz. composite hammer
Clean up grease with 2 or 3 blue Scott disposible paper towels
Replace tools back in tool box

I use the same method for pilot bearings except I use a bushing driver with a washer. The grease shoots back if you use a socket and have needle bearings.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2011, 02:36:35 pm »
I have used this tool from Harbor Freight at least 20 times to pull pilot bushings, it works great and is only $17.00
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/pullers/3-jaw-pilot-bearing-puller-4876.html
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2011, 02:52:13 pm »
why do you need to replace it?...I would ask the forum if they really understand what this "bushing" is doing...unless you have a bellhousing alignment problem it will last forever...

the oilite/bronze bushing is doing nothing than supporting the transmission mainshaft via the crankshaft until a gear change is made and/or clutch pedal is engaged...it is a bushing only...it is spinning @ crankshaft transmission mainshaft speed...way to many guys are way to focused on this insignificant piece...I have never had any trans/engine problem that related to a pilot bushing!

 
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2011, 03:04:01 pm »
Read his original post..........its the wrong size bearing
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2011, 05:24:23 pm »
The grease and hammer deal works the best...
I do not use a socket. One should never beat on
ones tools !!
I use a peice of broom handle ( hard wood ) an
cut it down to just fit the bearing hole. Then pack
the entire area behind the bearing with grease.
It should only take one or hits and the bearing is out.
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Re: Special Tool Needed for Pulling Pilot Bearing
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2011, 05:42:23 pm »
I also use a wooden dowel close to size.
And yes the bearings do wear out. I have seen them in the past completely oversized and worn.