Pilot bearings

Phil and Judy Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri Sep 29 18:04:11 EDT 2006

At 5:02 PM -0400 9/29/06, Kneale Brownson wrote:
>Anyone else seen pilot bearings with the closed end like the one on the
>right in this picture:  http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/67722814
>   ?  Should I find one like the one I pulled rather than use the closed-end
>one?  I do have a concern I might not ever get the closed-end one out.
>It's front lip is plastic and there's nothing inside to grab with a puller.  

The closed-end bearing is what Audi has been using for some time for 
the '91 200q. Possibly that old-style open-end you removed from your 
car was a replacement bearing, or--perhaps they continued using the 
older style bearing during early production runs (is your avant a low 
serial number?).

4 or 5 years ago, while my tranny was removed for oil-seal 
replacement work, I also replaced throw-out bearing and  the pilot 
bearing. The new pilot bearing was the closed-end style. However I 
never saw  what the old pilot bearing looked like, as I arrived on 
the scene "after the fact",  in time for the tech to point to the 
trash barrel and remark that the old bearing came out "in small 


>At 04:53 PM 9/29/2006 -0400, nick lawrence wrote:
>>On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:21:26 -0400, Kneale Brownson <kneale at coslink.net> 
>Were all OEM pilot bearings the bottomless type?
>>I don't think I have ever seen one with an end.
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