2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
How To Replace A Pilot BearingWayne Gray, Hayden, Colo.: "When replacing the clutch on a pickup you also have to replace the pilot bearing, which can easily get stuck in the flywheel. Unfortunately, most of the time you can't fit a tool in behind the bearing in order to pry it out.
"To make it easier to pry the bearing out, I squirt three or four shots from a grease gun into the middle of the bearing. Then I find a punch that's about the same diameter as the inside diameter of the bearing, and use the punch to force the grease behind the pilot bearing, which will then push the bearing out of the flywheel. It works almost like a hydraulic press. Electrical tape can be used to make a snug fit around the punch and the hole."
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