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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

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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.
      Eric C
      SVOCA Webmaster

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      • #4
        I agree the hydraulic method has worked amazing for me.
        Bruce

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        • #5
          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.
          Ted
          86 SVO Mustang
          17 Cooper S Clubman ALL4

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          • #6
            tried the bread method, just made a mess -- had to dig it out before using the removal tool.
            Eric C
            SVOCA Webmaster

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            • #7
              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,
              86 2R SVO, G Stock,
              Pearland, Texas

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