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pilot bearing Stuck!!

Ok guys i am just about ready to swing my new '98 vortec 350 into the Chevy truck. there was a pilot bearing in the crank when i got it and now i cant get it out! i tried using my slide hammer with the bearing remover and all it did was bust it to he!!. So now i have the outer race of the bearing stuck in the crank and cant figure out how to get it out.. Any ideaas? thanks guys Wade
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I had the same problem on a 454 - apparently GM went on some kick of epoxying in pilot bearings with the Vortecs - try heating it with a plumber's torch to break down the adhesive and it should come out. That, coupled with several beers and much cursing worked for mine.
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Re: pilot bearing Stuck!!

Then pack the bearing with grease, insert a steel rod that is a snug fit into the bearing and whack the end of it with a hammer. The rod will force the grease behind the bearing and pop it out.
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Pugsley's right. Get a new puller for your slide hammer and then warm it up a little first. Should come out W/O too much hassle. I know.........I tore up my puller too before doing this too.[img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img]
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With the innards of the bearing gone you may be forced to take a dremel to the outer race and cut a groove in it, then heat it and try to tap it to get it loose. It won't be easy, though.

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Re: pilot bearing Stuck!!

Well fellas, thanks for all your ideas. This morning my dad came by after work and helped me a little. (He is a maintenance man.) Anyway we went back to his work and got a 7/8 x 9 tap and I tapped what was left of the pilot bearing. As the tap was cutting new threads it bottomed out in the hole and pulled it out. Worked like a charm. My intention was to tap the shell of the bearing and run a bolt in but that worked too! Now all I gotta do is finish getting the old motor pulled and drop the new Vortec in. Thanks again guys, Wade
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