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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2003, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Removing Pilot Bushing

Just purchased a new Centerforce II, clutch kit. I removed tranny/ TC, bellhousing, and press. plate today. My problem is I cannot get the old Pilot bushing out. Is there a trick, or tool I can use. It looks as if it is in decent shape, should I leave it in? AMC 360 W/ T-176/Dana 300. Thanks ahead of time.
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

I asked the autozone guy the same thing he said might as well remove it while its all out. I used a hammer and a screw driver and cracked it out, then pressed the new one in with a socket one tap at a time. So far everything has worked for me. [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img]
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

The best way is to find a solid object(rod, punch, extension, etc.) very close to ID of the pilot bushing. Then fill the hole with heavy grease, insert the solid object, and tap with hammer. The compressing grease will force the bushing from the crank. You may have to add more grease sometime in the process.
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

dont forget the goggles. the grease flying out always heads for the eyes. my favorite is using a deep socket, slightly smaller than the opening in the pilot bearing.. i wrap it with a little tape so it just fits in easily. fill the recess with grease and put a long extension on the socket and you're ready.. tap.. tap.. tap... [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

Type "pilot bearing" into the search.........and you'll get days of reading answers there. I just tried it. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

I like to run a tap in them then just screw in a bolt and watch it come out
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I always use the greese trick with a wooden dowel rod -wrap tape around it to get a real snug fit. Works like a charm every time.
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

I guess a pilot bearing removal tool would work.
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

And the winner is!!!!!! I used the tap, ran it all the way in 'till it bottomed, Bushing came right out. Thanks! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: Removing Pilot Bushing

AAAHHH chalk up another for the old tap trick. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img] Just one thing. Dont use the tap for pushing it out. What can happen is the tap can just eat the threads out of the bushing. The other thing is you may hurt the end of the tap turning it agaisnt the crank. Thats it, but glad it work for ya.
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