I kinda figured that was the way of doing it but you need a press that has the capacity to do 25"+ I don't have access to something like that.Wilson said:clamshell (bearing seperator) and a press is the proper way
I too have been trying to get the bearing and retainer off. I tried what you mention a few weeks ago with some all-thread and a bearing splitter. it's just so long and the all-thread sort of stretches on you. I couldn't even get it to move. I've finally given up trying to "pull" it off and am just going to cut a slot in it and break it off. A shame to waste some good bearings just to replace a $3 sealStephenw said:You could try a bearing splitter with a push/pull type puller. Use all thread to get long enough legs for the puller.
Just a note, I did this, and ruined my clame shell splitter, cracked (shattered) under the pressure. I grind mine off from now on, it's easier quicker, and since you get a new retainer with new bearings, I don't know why you would want to try and save it. My method was with a 4" angle grinder, grind it down as close to the axle as you can get, in a couple of spots if necessary. After that, they slide (ok pound) right off.Wilson said:clamshell (bearing seperator) and a press is the proper way
Getting the retainers off is easy.... just drill a 1/4" or 3/8" hole in the retainer almost all the way down to the axle shaft but not into the axle shaft. Then take a cold chisel and hit it across the hole you just drilled. The retainer will split and then you can slide it off. You can get the bearing off my destroying it with a press, but you will not the new bearing or retainer back on properly without a press. Take it to an automotive machine shop. I get it done for $12 for both shafts, old removed and new replaced + cost of new bearings, locally.Goat said:
I kinda figured that was the way of doing it but you need a press that has the capacity to do 25"+ I don't have access to something like that.
So, anyone know of a shade tree way of getting the retainers off?