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Old 11-14-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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How can I remove pilot bearing ?

Any tricks on removing the pilot bearing without me renting a slide hammer or removing the flywheel to knock it out ?
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:28 AM   #2
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The easiest way to remove the pilot bushing is with "hydraulic pressure." Find a socket that will fit the inside of the pilot bushing as close as possible... you want a snug fit. Put your extension on the socket but in the inverse order. (So rather than snap the extension into the bottom of the socket on the outside, you snap in the extension on the inside of the socket.) Fill the inside of the pilot bushing with grease. Place the socket and extension inside the hole and gently press down until it goes no further. Get a good hammer and whack it a few times. Make sure you wear glasses. The grease doesn't compress and it forces the pilot bushing out toward you.

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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^works every time.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:41 AM   #4
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There is also a pilot bearing puller that is used with a slide hammer.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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There is also a pilot bearing puller that is used with a slide hammer.
Please Read post one.......
"Any tricks on removing the pilot bearing without me renting a slide hammer"
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:39 AM   #6
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Please Read post one.......
"Any tricks on removing the pilot bearing without me renting a slide hammer"
lol Thanks guys,I have heard of this procedure,but couldnt find detailed instructions ,now I got it,will do this when I get home tonight ,thanks again !!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:43 AM   #7
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The easiest way to remove the pilot bushing is with "hydraulic pressure." Find a socket that will fit the inside of the pilot bushing as close as possible... you want a snug fit. Put your extension on the socket but in the inverse order. (So rather than snap the extension into the bottom of the socket on the outside, you snap in the extension on the inside of the socket.) Fill the inside of the pilot bushing with grease. Place the socket and extension inside the hole and gently press down until it goes no further. Get a good hammer and whack it a few times. Make sure you wear glasses. The grease doesn't compress and it forces the pilot bushing out toward you.

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^^^^^Best instructions I have found for this procedure ,this should be a sticky ,just one question though,should I remove the excess grease before reassembly or is it ok for it to be there ?
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Remove any grease after you remove the pilot bushing. You don't want an abundance of grease there, but a little isn't going to hurt anything.

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Remove any grease after you remove the pilot bushing. You don't want an abundance of grease there, but a little isn't going to hurt anything.

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Thanks man your help is much appreciated .
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:48 PM   #10
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Worked like a charm !!!!And didnt even get any grease in my eye lol Note: I tried using the socket method alone 10 mm and 3/8 seemed to fit best ....ended up putting a little electrical tape around socket for better seal !
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I love it when a plan comes together.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:36 PM   #12
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I love it when a plan comes together.
Amen to that,tonight going to start putting it back together,not in a big rush so hoping to get at least the clutch mounted and aligned and tranny bolted in ,then tomorrow night the rest should be a cakewalk !!

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