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Old 11-28-2010, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Remove GM 14 bolt FF wheel hub bearings & race

I have gone through the Billa Vista GM 14 Bolt Bible and some other links and cannot find any info on how to remove the wheel hub bearings & race on a GM 14 bolt FF wheel hub.

Any help would be appreciated.

Attached is a link to a video of the hub...

YouTube - GM 14 Bolt FF Wheel Bearing
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you have to pound it out through the back side.

once you get the inner seal, bearing and race out you will see a snap ring holding the outer wheel bearing race.

tap the outer race from the back side to release the preasure of the snap ring.

flip the hub over and pound the bearing and race from the axle shaft sid eof the hub towards the inside.

go back and read the bible again, its the second thing mentioned in the bible.
Thanks I will see if I can make sense of this when I head out to the garage.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you dont have a long sharp punch go buy one now otherwise you will just piss yourself off.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you dont have a long sharp punch go buy one now otherwise you will just piss yourself off.
Got the inner seal and bearing with hammer & screwdriver, and I was home free...until I met with the snap ring on outer bearing...

Have been defeated by it...for now. Heading to Sears tool department to buy everthing in stock til I git this rat bastard out of groove!
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Tap it the opposite way towards the outer part of the hub. It will allow the ring to loosen. The other way will wedge the bearing against it in the groove. I got mine with a plain pair of pliers. It's neither hard nor hardcore, and as stated is in the 14 bolt bible.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I got that snap ring out with just regular pliers on my hubs.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Got it, baby!

The spring clip on this hub was about .1" and not near as flimsy as the spindle nut spring clip, but it did ultimately bend to my will...& that of some pliers and a screwdriver pry bar.

I noticed that the clip on the hub I have, which was donated by a '99 Chevy G3500 Express Van did not have a right angle bend at the ends like the pic on the bible page. I think the bend would made extracting it easier because it is a point to clip onto with pliers.

Next up, the outer bearing assembly...I hope. Any tricks to removing it?
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The inner seal comes out, then the inner bearing will fall out. The outer bearing must be turned sideways and will slide out sideways, you gotta get it in the right spot and maybe tap if need be.

To get the races out, you just pound them out evenly with a hammer & chisel, the new ones need pounded in too, I use the old race to pound on to protect the new race from possible damage. Don't gouge the inside of the hub with your chisel, if you do.... clean it up.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A brass drift is better than a chisel IMO.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Got it, baby...Part Two

I know that for you guys on the Hardcore Forum this is no biggie, but it's my first time tearing down an axle and so far I am lovin' it...hard work, but worth it. Got all the bearings, races and seals out finally. Thanks for all your help. PS please disregard the old man loafers.
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