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    Pilot Bearing Removal

    Looking for advice on how to remove the clutch pilot bearing before I resort to chiseling it out. Thought I found a rental tool at Autozone but the two prongs that insert inside the existing bearing were too wide. Tried the "paper" trick but that wasn't successful either. Can anyone recommend a removal tool that actually fits inside the old bearing and works? Thanks

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    Nevermind. a chunk of Ivory soap and a very snug fitting rounded handle tip from an older ratchet did the trick.

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    I can normally get them out with a bit of grease, and a extension, but I did have one I had to rent a slide hammer to get out, and it came out in pieces.
    Autozone did have the tool, and I was able to rent for nothing.
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    I agree the hydraulic method has worked amazing for me.
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    Turns out bread can work as a hydraulic fluid as well, as witnessed in this video:

    https://youtu.be/00OlG5E8vLk

    I have also found that sometimes you need to 'bump' the bearing just slightly inward to break it loose from its home before pushing it out via the grease/bread. I have never personally used the bread method, but may give it a shot next time I need to, certainly a cleaner method. Also like the soap method as well, thanx for that tip too! YMMV.
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    tried the bread method, just made a mess -- had to dig it out before using the removal tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVOeric View Post
    tried the bread method, just made a mess -- had to dig it out before using the removal tool.
    And the stores are all out of bread.
    Gene Beaird,
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