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ideas on removing stuck rear wheel bearing?

Post #1 by 70 grabber » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:01 pm

I need some help here,I removed my axle shaft on one side but the other side is stuck I cannot get it out!!I am trying to change the rear gears but cant even get to that part.The bearing is no good so It needs to be done nomatter what I do now.This is my daily so need to get it together soon thanks all

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Post #2 by XFlow_Fairlane » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:04 pm

get a slide hammer. they make a plate that goeso n the slide hammer that you bolt to the wheel studs. a couple tugs should pop it free.

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Post #3 by wallaka » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:32 pm

Yeah...you can probably rent one at the local parts store if you don't want to buy.
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Post #4 by powerband » Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:10 pm

XFlow_Fairlane wrote:get a slide hammer. they make a plate that goeso n the slide hammer that you bolt to the wheel studs. a couple tugs should pop it free.

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A slide hammer will work better/easier but a short length light chain- one end on lug nut on axle and other end looped through a wheel center - rolled away from axle to produce slide hammer effect...

Also a little propane or MAPP torch heat applied to axle housing bearing land - may help.
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Post #5 by The Plankster Prankster » Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:48 pm

i think you're on the right track.
the following method is one to avoid:
a knew a man with a similar problem, and not thinking of a silde hammer, he put his bottle jack between the leaf spring and the rim. you guessed it, he pushed a little too hard and bent the rim out of shape. don't try it.

but the slike hammer, or a crude version thereof, will be your best bet. impact does something that a slow steady force just won't do.
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Post #6 by XFlow_Fairlane » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:15 pm

i just rented one tonight for my axle overhaul on my S10 this weekend. I think it was like $80 for everything (I got a hammer and deals for getting the races out of the housing)
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Post #7 by Gene 64 2dr » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:49 pm

I don't know if you tried this but I've gotten mine off once by putting the wheel back on and put the lug nuts back on so that there is pleaty of slack. Give the wheel a good sharp pull out and it acts just like a slide hammer. It's alittle clumsy but it does work. Just be careful to not back out the lug nuts to far.

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Post #8 by rbohm » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:57 pm

8) i also agree with using a slide hammer, and perhaps a little heat as well. if you dont want to use heat, try some good penetrating oil around the outside of the bearing race. pb blaster or the new penetrating oil from royal purple should do the job nicely.
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Post #9 by 350kmileford » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:41 pm

I think I just used a deadblow on my backing plate :-/ worked just fine though.

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Post #10 by CobraSix » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:32 am

Slide hammer works like a charm.

Autozone has one they call an "Axle Puller" that with some finagalling will fit on the rear end axle (it was a tight fit on an 8", not sure on a 4 lug). In fact, I still have it and need to return it so I can get my $35 back...or maybe I'll just keep it at this point.

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Post #11 by 70 grabber » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:01 pm

Thanks for all the ideas I may have to rent one later.I guess it will be after the holiday but I actually took my hub and turned it backwards and used my lug nuts to fit it loosle onto the axle and tugged(slide hammer effect) it for about 30 min and did not work for nothing.The other side came out fine but the races are either stuck to the bearings or it was made that way either way its 1 piece now!I figure its probabally a matter of force now.thanks again and will let ya know if I get it off

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Post #12 by rbohm » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:47 pm

8) there are two possibilities, one the outer bearing race is rusted to the housing, or more likely the housing has a minor bend in it that is causing a bit of binding.
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Post #13 by 70 grabber » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:34 am

Well I should be getting my rear wheel bearings in today. :twisted: so I will give it another try in getting that axle shaft out!! Gotta try not getting to forceful dont wanna break nothing but want it out!thanks again everyone and wish me luck.

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Post #14 by CobraSix » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:34 am

It's pretty tough to break stuff back there. Everything is a really tight fit to begin with and all it takes is a little surface rust to make it like epoxy. I had one side put right out and the otherside I had to use the slide hammer on rather forcefully.

If for some reason the bearing breaks, easy tool to use to remove it is a pilot bearing puller, which is very similar to an axle puller, just smaller.

BTW, just asking...are you taking your axles to a machine shop to have the new bearings pressed on?
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Post #15 by 70 grabber » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:46 am

No actually I wont be able to get it to the machine shop once I pull them off.oh man I aint even consider that :evil: well I will have to rethink this now.as hard as it is to get it out of the axle its probabally twice as hard to get the bearing off that shaft!and the shaft is too long to rig up a press with a jack.I may have to put this on hold again but really need to change the bearings when doing the gear change!ANy ideas?

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Post #16 by CobraSix » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:28 am

Wish I could help on that front.

I sucked it up and took mine to an old engine shop with a print out of the ford manual page with the specs (even though they ended up having them). Think it cost me $25 or so since I provided the parts.
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Post #17 by Rinke » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:47 am

Thankfully I had the opportunity to use a press.
Mine also wouldn't come out.
I used an old brake drum, put on backwards.
After some hitting with a heavy hammer the axle would come off.

I used a dremel cutting tool to grind through the axle bearings taking care NOT to hit the actual axle. Otherwise the bearings wouldn't come off.

Installing the bearings was peanuts with the press. DO NOT FORGET to place the bearing retainer (the plate that keeps the bearings in the axle) on the axle before you install the bearing and the inner retainer.
I noticed it in the nick of time, otherwise I had to cut the new bearing to install the thing.


An other idea might be to use a long rod, through the opening where the other axle was against the top of the stuck axle shaft (where it splines into the diff), and use that as a driver, so you can use a serious hammer without fear of bending or breaking something.

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Post #18 by Gene Fiore » Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:48 pm

Like others have said, put the brake drum on backwards and put the lug nuts on so the wheel stud is even with the outside edge of the lug nut. Then use it like a slide hammer and that should do the trick. :wink:
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Post #19 by mutt » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:37 pm

I wrapped a chain around one once- a 72 full size wagon- & hooked the other end to a traile hitch, & pulled the car off the stumps I had it on.
that was a long time ago. Axle stayed in place. After I got the beast back up on the stumps, I kept it wet w/ MMO & would go after it with a big slide hammer periodically, then, one day, it just slid out.
id keep it wet with a good, non evaporative pentrating oil and periodically yank on it. If I couldnt pull it out with a '58 Apache, it aint comin til it wants to....

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Post #20 by 70 grabber » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:25 pm

lol mutt I believe you on that!yea I have been just occasionally going after it and with no success put it back together again and try the next day and the next day and so on.Hopefully one day it will come off then I will work on getting the bearing off.I will most likely end up cutting it off also. :twisted: it will be like my revenge!!

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Post #21 by cobraguy » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:13 pm

Get a 3 or 4 foot piece of chain, attach one end to the axle using a lug nut and the other to the loose wheel. Stand with you legs apart and swing the wheel between your legs to jerk the chain and pull the axle. Works every time at the wrecking yard and I've pull many a stubburn axle.
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Post #22 by mutt » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:46 pm

i like that, Cobraguy......ill file that one away.....

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Post #23 by 70 grabber » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:47 pm

Just wanted to update everyone.It is truley amazing how easy things are to do when you have the right tools on hand.I finally rented an axle puller and within the first five hits the thing came out.I was so pleased I went ahead and installed my gears at the same time.Thanks to all of you and your help with my recent issues My maverick now is equipped with a set of 3.55 gears and a hard shifting c-4.Now I can leave a 5 foot mark on the pavement by hitting second gear at around 25-30 mph!! thanks again everyone!! :D

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