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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 02, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am having great difficulty getting a new inner wheel bearing to slide onto the disc brake spindle. I think the holdup is a groove on the spindle which is just inboard from the rough casting portion. I am able to get the bearing on by itself, but it is very rough going over that groove- have to tap on it with a dead blow hammer. The groove does not appear to be directly on the bearing contact surface. I have tried another bearing- an old one -with the same result.

Should I smooth down the groove edges with a dremel tool or some emery cloth to make the bearing slide on more easily?

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If it is not in the contact surface, I would try using some emery.....I wouldn't try using a dremel since it's a little tough to have good control doing something like that....
If You have some prussian blue, You can use that to see where it is binding.....if not....sometimes You can use magic marker, although the results aren't as good....
This is done by cleaning the part(spindle in this case) and smearing the prussian blue...or...painting the suspect area with magic marker, then sliding the other part on(bearing race)....the affected areas will have a shiny mark where the interference is.....
Good Luck...
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Thanks, I'll give both a try and see what I can come up with!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 02, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Well, got the new rotor on. Did not do anything to the spindle. After a good nights rest and some more playing with the old bearing I finally got it figured out. I tried wiggling the rotor a bit (with the outer bearing off) while pushing and it slid right on . Goes to show you how the simplest things can be a major problem when you are tired!
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