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Old 03-14-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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So I need to change a wheel bearing that is pressed in, the only problem is I don't have a press. So I have a few ideas on how I could try and do this without spending $200.00 on a press, but just wanted to see how some of you on the green screen have managed to press bearing without a press.

Man I typed " press " a lot of times.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:40 AM   #2
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do you have a air hammer?
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:53 AM   #3
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Last time I did the ones on my wheeler we used a hammer and a flat punch/chisel and worked them out by evenly going around the race forcefully tapping until it comes out. To put the new ones back in we used a big socket just a hair smaller than the outside of the bearing and tapped it in until it seated.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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Something like this.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...set-62593.html
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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Is it the outer race that is stuck? If so we sometimes run a welding bead around the inside and it will suck it in just enough to knock it out. I don't do a lot of wheel bearings but lots of pump bearings.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:18 AM   #6
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Outer race? Hammer and punch from backside, use old race to drive new race in.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:21 AM   #7
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Socket that just fits inside the hub and still catch the bearing . Hit the socket with a big hammer being careful not to hit the hand holding the socket. It may take a few swings of the hammer but it should come on out.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:47 AM   #8
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:32 AM   #9
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Call an auto parts store, sometimes they lend or rent out tools.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:37 AM   #10
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Just do like said above with sockets and punches. I have worked on large dozers, tractors hay equipment, trailers plows etc all my life and never had a press. That being said it’s one of the few tools I don’t have but probably need.

My problem is half the stuff I’m always working on won’t fit in a press.

Throw the new race in the freezer if you have time and it will tap right in. Brass hammers or punches are best on new bearings and races. Or a socket that’s tight

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Old 03-14-2019, 10:57 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone, some good advise here.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:02 AM   #12
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I’ve never used a press, hammer and a punch. Just work it around.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:02 AM   #13
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I use the socket method. Hold the socket with a pair of channel locks to keep from hitting your fingers
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:48 PM   #14
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Socket- And the freezer makes it easy to install
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:52 PM   #15
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Or maybe apply the oilfield rule. If the tool doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:58 PM   #16
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Thanks again, I knew there had to be a better / cheaper way.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:52 PM   #17
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rubbing Alcohol and dry ice soak the hearing in it and it will almost fall in just use pliers to handle it ( very cold)
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:58 PM   #18
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I changed the bearing on a 4 wheeler once with a torch and a deep freeze. Heated it up to get the bearing out. Put the bearing in the deep freeze and heated up the axle again. Slid right in.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:15 PM   #19
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I changed mine a cpl months ago. O’Reilly loaned me the press. Think I had to put a $80 deposit for it. It worked fine


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Old 03-15-2019, 09:24 PM   #20
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Or maybe apply the oilfield rule. If the tool doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer.
Bigger Hammer!
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:26 PM   #21
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You can use a vice on some. A piece of pipe, or the afforementioned socket will do most good. Some heat in the right spot.....rinse, repeat, and keep hammering.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:28 PM   #22
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Socket that just fits inside the hub and still catch the bearing . Hit the socket with a big hammer being careful not to hit the hand holding the socket. It may take a few swings of the hammer but it should come on out.

This is what I've always used.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:42 PM   #23
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Socket to fit, tap in or out with a hammer.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:37 PM   #24
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I have driven them out with a hammer and a large punch or drift. I have also knocked the inner race out, which causes the ball bearings to drop out. Then cut the outer race with a torch, then drive the race out with a hammer and punch. I have had to do that and I own a press. I have needed to remove and replace bearings from steering knuckles, that I flat could not find a way to hold the knuckle in the press solidly and have the bearing square with the press.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:01 AM   #25
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If your trying to install , put that bearing in the freezer.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:23 AM   #26
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:27 AM   #27
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Use a deep socket and save your fingers.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:42 AM   #28
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Atvs - remove with round punch and 2lb hammer working around. I ground down an old bearing to be smaller and use it to install new bearings.

Auto - had one stuck in solid axle and used long rod from the other side, of course the diff gears were already removed. We also torched the housing. Slide hammer is next best if diff gears are installed.


Have any pictures of what your working on?
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:04 AM   #29
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Atvs - remove with round punch and 2lb hammer working around. I ground down an old bearing to be smaller and use it to install new bearings.

Auto - had one stuck in solid axle and used long rod from the other side, of course the diff gears were already removed. We also torched the housing. Slide hammer is next best if diff gears are installed.


Have any pictures of what your working on?
No pics, but it is a Ranger. It just has a very small amount of play right now and makes a bad grinding noise when I have a load on it. As soon as I get a few other fires put out I will be moving on to replacing it and possibly replacing U joints while I have it down.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:26 AM   #30
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I've replaced numerous on a Yamaha due to driving in swamps. Underwater is hard on them and the replacements just don't seem to last as long.
The yamaha doesn't have a grease zerk for the wheel bearing housing, just a few seals, so no way to fill that space with grease, making room for water to come in. The bearings themselves are sealed, but take that lightly. Hear are some things I've learned over replacements.
Seals easily come out with flathead screwdriver.
Clamp hub in solid vise or to solid surface.
Knock out old bearings from opposite side with punch and big hammer, youll only be able to punch the very inside edge but work around in circle and it'll come out easy.
Thoroughly clean inside with degreaser.
To install
I took an old bearing to grinder wheel and reduced it so it can be used to hammer in new bearing and its smaller so easily comes back out.
Use large socket to lightly tap in seals
On the machine, clean the surfaces the seals will touch very well. Then lubricate with grease so the seals slip on nicely.
Pack the housing with grease before you slide on the axle and pack as much as you can in once on. This keeps water out.
Tighten axle nut to spec, its pretty high.
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