Take some grease and pack it as tight as you can into the pilot bearing, then take an extension with a socket that's JUST big enough to fit into the pilot bearing hole and hit the end of the extension with a hammer.
The bearing will pop right out.
It sounds crazy but it WILL work if done correctly. The only other option is to buy a pilot bearing removal tool.
The key is to make sure you pack as much grease as you can behind the bearing.
It's a simple hydraulics principal.
[ This Message was edited by: 82GT on 1/8/06 5:15pm ]
I second the use of grease--I've done it many times successfully. Just be patient and keep packing. LOL
Since you asked, the "best way" is a slide hammer with the proper hooked attachment that reaches through the hole in the bushing and expands to grasp it. Simple concept, but not everyone has the tool available.
I have used the grease method and using wet toilet paper in the same manner. Keep pushing in enought wet toilet paper and keep hitting the wet paper with a tight socket until the bearing comes out. A little less messy than the grease method, but equally effective.
snap on makes a puller tool that works best for me. about 100 bucks. the tapered tool works good on bushings. if you screw it in a bearing the grease will just ooze out. if you break the bearing out of the bushing it is pressed into. then it should work fine.
The grease method works well for a Bushing, but not a bearing as the grease simply oozes out between the bearing cage. I've found the easiest way to get a bearing out, short of a tool, is to simply break it out... pry it apart so the roller bearings fall out, then carefully pry out the cage.