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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:10 PM   #1
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axle bearing install/removal

I pressed a new bearing onto the shaft of a D44 and it seems that it did not seat properly on the shoulder of the shaft, but it will not move any further. The new bearing is of a different design than the one that came off (single piece versus two piece), but the same style bearing went on the other shaft without much fuss (it was a Spicer, this one is a Timken). I verified that it is the correct bearing. Is it safe to assume that it is supposed to seat completely on the shoulder? Of course, I already had the other one installed, and I really don't want to yank it back out for comparison purposes. If it is not acceptable the way it is (at least 1/16 In. from being completely seated), how can I get it back off without cutting it off? I can't figure out how to configure my Harbor Freight shop press to get it off and I can't imagine cutting it off without destroying the new seal as well.

- 83 Scrambler, AMC 360, Edelbrock intake, Howell fuel injection, 32in. BFG MT, 2in. Superlift, stock axles.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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Not sure how to remove without install however, we heated the inner ring to get it to expand and it dropped right on where it belongs.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:31 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 75*CJ View Post
Not sure how to remove without install however, we heated the inner ring to get it to expand and it dropped right on where it belongs.
The old bearing came off in 2 pieces beacuse they are assembled as one piece to keep the works together in manufacture. They eventually come apart as you described. You should be able to remove the bearing in a press using a bearing separator. As I remember, I was able to.

Edit: Hmmm. On second thought, maybe I did cut the bearing off with a Dremel cutoff disc. Just make sure not to cut into the axle shaft. Cut into the bearing inner race then split it with a cold chisel.

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