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    loud go pedal P49Y-CY's Avatar
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    this is the best pilot bearing removal tool that i've used

    previously i have used slide hammers (which the factory service manual specifies btw), grease trick, bread trick, chisels, you name it

    but i just picked this tool up - otc 7318 - and the pilot bearing was out in 2intact pieces in seconds, with no violence or mess. also nice cuz it spreads the load right where it should be - at the crank. i believe it was designed for 4.6/5.4 ford modular engines

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    awesome. I may have to pick one up. I just use the slide hammer, but the bluepoint jaws only last about 20 uses before an ear breaks. Luckliy it is free replacement, but still annoying.
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    I used one when changing the clutch on my Redfire 04 Cobra... It didnt work as planned... The thing broke. Thank god it was a rental.

    I ended up doing the grease, socket method.
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    I am going to let this ride a while because that is an awesome tool that many probably don't no about.

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    I rented one awhile back from Kragens when I worked on my fox bodies. I've also used it on a 4.6 so I'm sure it'll work for most if not all cars. I've had very good luck with it and it's way easier and cleaner than the grease method.

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    blind hole bearing puller IMO.
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    Looks like a cool tool. Where did you get it from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03 Indy Cobra View Post
    Looks like a cool tool. Where did you get it from?
    amazon.com, for about $70
    Last edited by P49Y-CY; 02-25-2011 at 04:17 PM.

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    I just spent several hours in the garage using a die grinder on my pilot bearing, followed by a cold chisel, followed by a slide hammer. It's out, but I'm going to order this NOW for the next time I have to do this job on this or any other car.

    Thanks for the tip!
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    i have that same tool from snap on. works wonders, it is good because it grabs the outside lip of the pilot bearing and not the inner one. most grab the inner bearing and then the bearing comes apart and the outer race is still inside the crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P49Y-CY View Post
    amazon.com, for about $70
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by P49Y-CY View Post
    amazon.com, for about $70
    That sounds steep. The one I rented/kept from Kragen was approximately $32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haskett View Post
    I just spent several hours in the garage using a die grinder on my pilot bearing, followed by a cold chisel, followed by a slide hammer. It's out, but I'm going to order this NOW for the next time I have to do this job on this or any other car.

    Thanks for the tip!
    should have gone to the auto part store and rented the slide hammer. it would have saved you a lot of time and aggravation.

    Quote Originally Posted by brian97cobra View Post
    i have that same tool from snap on. works wonders, it is good because it grabs the outside lip of the pilot bearing and not the inner one. most grab the inner bearing and then the bearing comes apart and the outer race is still inside the crank.
    huh? look at his pics. just like the blue point I have and tool you can rent from most stores, it usually pulls out the center bearing first and then the outer sleeve. I don't see how you can get any tool to grab the outside lip of the sleeve on these cars. The bearing is flush with the crank, so there is no gap between it and the crank for it to grab onto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRBO VNM View Post
    should have gone to the auto part store and rented the slide hammer. it would have saved you a lot of time and aggravation.



    huh? look at his pics. just like the blue point I have and tool you can rent from most stores, it usually pulls out the center bearing first and then the outer sleeve. I don't see how you can get any tool to grab the outside lip of the sleeve on these cars. The bearing is flush with the crank, so there is no gap between it and the crank for it to grab onto.

    I'm referring to sticking the tool inside the crank and grabing the outside lip of the pilot bearing. Not the front outer part of the bearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRBO VNM View Post
    should have gone to the auto part store and rented the slide hammer. it would have saved you a lot of time and aggravation.
    I have a slide hammer with a pilot bearing hook and it was useless.

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    I used the slidehammer from Autozone when I did mine. Took like 2 seconds tops to get it out.

    Took longer to set up the tool than it did to remove the bearing. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by haskett View Post
    I have a slide hammer with a pilot bearing hook and it was useless.
    Not sure what hook tool you have, but sounds like you need a different one/design since it was useless.

    Quote Originally Posted by 04sleeper View Post
    I used the slidehammer from Autozone when I did mine. Took like 2 seconds tops to get it out.

    Took longer to set up the tool than it did to remove the bearing. LOL
    Exactly. Using the proper tools like the OP makes the job easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian97cobra View Post
    I'm referring to sticking the tool inside the crank and grabing the outside lip of the pilot bearing. Not the front outer part of the bearing.
    So then did the OP use it wrong? His came out in 2 pieces, but you are saying you have the same one and it comes out as one piece? The one I use 95% of the time makes me do it twice because it comes out in 2 pieces.

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    Not a big secret here.

    You can snag one on Ebay for $15:

    PILOT BEARING PULLER - NEW WARRANTY - eBay (item 350442806798 end time Mar-01-11 18:58:31 PST)

    EDIT: I also think you can find them at Harbor Freight as well...
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    I just removed my pilot bearing using three sheets of wet paper and a hammer/socket combo. Only down side was my hands were cold due to the weather.
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    2 pieces of white bread and a socket and hammer.

    No tools and no greasy cleanup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrgoffin View Post
    Not a big secret here.

    You can snag one on Ebay for $15:

    PILOT BEARING PULLER - NEW WARRANTY - eBay (item 350442806798 end time Mar-01-11 18:58:31 PST)

    EDIT: I also think you can find them at Harbor Freight as well...
    I am pretty certain that our pilot bearing is too small to work with that tool.

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    I have always used and hammer and chisel. It looks like a good investment though
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    Quote Originally Posted by haskett View Post
    I am pretty certain that our pilot bearing is too small to work with that tool.
    That was just an example. My point was that they are cheap, and for those that are paying $70 at Amazon, you are getting hosed. Search eBay and there are a ton that will probably work. You can even rent them at AutoZone and O'Reilly's IIRC.

    The last time I pulled a pilot bearing, I just did it old-scholl and packed some grease in and used a punch to force it out hydraulically. That works too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtualSVT View Post
    2 pieces of white bread and a socket and hammer.

    No tools and no greasy cleanup.
    +1 Worked great for me.

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