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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 10, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Pilot Bearing Removal

Installed a pilot bearing with needle bearings etc. instead of a solid metal type. I was told it was a better bearing and maybe so. However, while changing my flywheel I noticed my pilot bearing was damaged. Must have happened while installing ther 4 speed trans.

What is the best way to pull the bearing and should I go back to the solid type? The needle type seems too delicate??

Appreciate any experience someone has with this.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 10, 07:20 PM
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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

They make a nice grease fitting that you screw in to the old bearing then attach a grease gun to it and pump it out... Yes you can use a bronze bushing rather then a needle bearing.

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For Bronze Pilot Bearing I just Screw in a Bolt with threads slightly larger then the Pilot Hole Diameter and use a small Crow Bar to pop it out, I can't say if this method will work for the Needle Bearing Design. Over all I have greater confidence using Bronze Pilot Bearings.

PS: If I recall I used a bolt with long threads that grab the inner lining of the Pilot Bearing and continue to thread the bolt until it butts against the Crank Shaft; continue turning the bolt and the Pilot Bearing just works it's way out ;o)

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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

How does the grease fitting tool thread into the bearing and where can you buy it?

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Ill try to look for it.

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Thanks, I will try also. Not sure how it threads into the bearing but must be fairly tight to work.
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I found this looks very easy to do... Still have to look for that tool


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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

If you ask me the needle bearing design is over engineered.It is a dirty envorinment for a needle bearing.
A simple bronze type has worked well for decades.

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If you ask me the needle bearing design is over engineered.It is a dirty envorinment for a needle bearing.
A simple bronze type has worked well for decades.

Stay away from the China type bronze bearings, too much iron. Use GM or Federa Mogul
Do the magnet test. If it sticks , dont use it.

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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

I've removed my pilot bearing using wet toilet paper and a wooden dowl. I just kept jamming toilet paper into the hole, pounding it in with the dowl, until the bearing popped out. Pull out the leftover toilet paper and blow out with air to dry.
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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

I rented a little bearing removal tool from my local auto parts store. It reached in and grabbed the bearing from the back, then I turned the screw and the bearing slid out.

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I've removed my pilot bearing using wet toilet paper and a wooden dowl. I just kept jamming toilet paper into the hole, pounding it in with the dowl, until the bearing popped out. Pull out the leftover toilet paper and blow out with air to dry.
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Same as just packing the hole with a grease gun , grease zerk fitting fits the hole perfect.

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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

Never heard of the wet toilet paper method, sounds cleaner than the grease method which I have used in the past. Also I agree on the bearing type. I prefer the bronze.


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I rented a little bearing removal tool from my local auto parts store. It reached in and grabbed the bearing from the back, then I turned the screw and the bearing slid out.
I tried the grease method and unless the bearing is still perfectly round, it just makes a greasy mess. I too rented the bearing removal tool from Autozone and popped it right out. No fuss, no muss.
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Re: Pilot Bearing Removal

The nice thing about the loaner tools from autozone is that they do not cost anything to rent, you just leave a deposit. I frequesnt AZ so much that returning the tool is usually just on my next trip there. I think you can have it for 30 days, just don't forget to return it. I now "own" a oil pump priming tool


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