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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2003, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Removing Rear Axle Bearing

Is there a way I can do this myself without paying for shop time. Is there a tool that I can buy that allows me to do this?
I was thinking a thin blade on a grinder would do it but I don't want to accidentally damage the axle.
Any suggestions would be great!

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I just used my side grinder and was very careful not to hit the axle shaft. It really does not take very long to cut through the retainer and bearing. Once you get most of the way through you can knock the heck out of it using a chisel and it will fall right off. As far as putting the new bearings back on. Find you a good heavy peice of pipe that has an ID that is slightly larger than the OD of the axle and a little longer than the longest axle and use it to hammer the bearing on and then the retainer. Once I figured out what had to be done, it wasn't much to it. Just don't do what I did and put the bearing back on without putting the backing plate for the brakes back on first. Makes you feel really stupid. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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Re: Removing Rear Axle Bearing

Make shure the bearing is facing in the right direction as well.
NAPA put one on backwards on one of mine and I had to take it back and get turned around.
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If you still need it this link should help. Changing Rear Axle Bearings yourself.
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"NAPA put one on backwards on one of mine and I had to take it back and get turned around. "

You must have purchased the old style? Not the totally enclosed ones?

Man, I did this job myself also, up until the point of pressing the new bearings on. I had a friend of mine with a press do it. THAT part was at least easy. Cutting the old ones off was tough I thought.
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Re: Removing Rear Axle Bearing

I thought grinding off the old retainer was also hard. Pressing (I mean bashing) the new bearing and retainer on was not hard.
I bought a 4' section of (I have no idea) pipe that was perfect, set the end of the axle on a 2x4, bashed it on there. Worked well.
Now I want to know how to lube that bearing!!! I don't want to replace it after 10k!
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Nowhere, the Koyo rear bearings seem to remain sealed better than some. That is the biggest problem I have had with other brands wearing out prematurely.

You may also need to check to see if your axle tubes are bent.
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Re: Removing Rear Axle Bearing

The Koyo bearings can be regreased, but the retainer collar has to come off . Once you get the 410 plate mod on, it's a lot easier to use a press to remove the bearings and retainer rings to periodically regrease them and remove any dirt . One note about the grease, if you lose an axle seal for any reason , as soon as it's driven the gear oil will drive the grease out of the bearing in a hurry , and render the bearing junk in a short time .
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Re: Removing Rear Axle Bearing

hey sarge

i see i'm notthe only one thinking this
what is the koyo number for the rear and the retainer
where is the cheapest place to get them
i took one axle to the shop and it was all frozzed together
after a torch and 20 tons the balls where shooting everywhere now i have to grind
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Now I want to know how to lube that bearing!!! I don't want to replace it after 10k!


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if your bearings are failing that fast something is very wrong. I have 250,000+ miles on mine and still have the factory beaings on the right rear and right front. the left fronts failed at 144000 miles. I replaced these with some bearings i picked up off a junk sami. the left rear failed at 230000 miles due to a seal going out. OEM bearing should last a very long time.
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