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this is the best pilot bearing removal tool that i've used

Discussion in 'Driveline' started by P49Y-CY, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. P49Y-CY

    P49Y-CY Active Member Established Member

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    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

    fwiw to you dyi'rs/tool freaks :beer:

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  2. TRBO VNM

    TRBO VNM Authorized Vendor Authorized Vendor

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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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    sc98cbra New Member Established Member

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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.
     
  4. Jimmysidecarr

    Jimmysidecarr Semi user friendly Staff Member Super Moderator

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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.

    IE: News Worthy!:rockon::beer:
     
  5. RTCOBRA2964

    RTCOBRA2964 Active Member Established Member

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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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    346CamaroSS New Member Established Member

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    blind hole bearing puller IMO.
     
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    03 Indy Cobra Active Member Established Member

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    Looks like a cool tool. Where did you get it from?
     
  8. P49Y-CY

    P49Y-CY Active Member Established Member

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    amazon.com, for about $70
     
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    haskett New Member Established Member

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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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    brian97cobra The Infractionator Established Member

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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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    Thanks :beer:
     
  12. RTCOBRA2964

    RTCOBRA2964 Active Member Established Member

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    That sounds steep. The one I rented/kept from Kragen was approximately $32.
     
  13. TRBO VNM

    TRBO VNM Authorized Vendor Authorized Vendor

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    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.
     
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    brian97cobra The Infractionator Established Member

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    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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    haskett New Member Established Member

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    I have a slide hammer with a pilot bearing hook and it was useless.
     
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    04sleeper Runs On "Liquid Gold" Staff Member Super Moderator

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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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    Not sure what hook tool you have, but sounds like you need a different one/design since it was useless.

    Exactly. Using the proper tools like the OP makes the job easy.
     
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    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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  20. einzatgroupen

    einzatgroupen 03 cobra Established Member

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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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