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Old 01-08-2006, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best way to go about removing a pressed in pilot bearing from the rear of a 302 crank?

I tried prying it out and all it's doing is breaking the metal around the bearing. Any ideas?
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Old 01-08-2006, 03:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.


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Old 01-08-2006, 04:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a coarse thread 3/4" bolt to make threads in the bushing until it finally bottoms out on the crank, it will then pop the bushing right out.
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there is atool that i found at napa . has a taper and is threaded with a zerk just thread it in and hook the grease gun and go.
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there is atool that i found at napa . has a taper and is threaded with a zerk just thread it in and hook the grease gun and go. For Mikemustang: shovelhead.
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I have that tool and it works great, Tim.
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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.
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Save the $100 for car parts and use the grease method.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Autozone and Advanced loans the slide hammer for free. But I have the one made by Proto Tools.
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Old 01-08-2006, 09:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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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.
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