Pilot bearings

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Fri Sep 29 18:34:02 EDT 2006

Nice job, Nick! But was it broke?

> From: "nick lawrence" <nick at beol.net>
> Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:53:52 -0400
> To: "Kneale Brownson" <kneale at coslink.net>, 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: Pilot bearings
> Not having an official puller I made one.  Two 3" long metal legs with a
> slight leg bent out on the end. Brazed the other ends on a nut, long bolt
> thru the nut and between the legs. The bolt hold the legs apart and then
> pushes on the crank and out it comes!
> Nick
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:21:26 -0400, Kneale Brownson <kneale at coslink.net>
> wrote:
>> Finally, after virtual hours (spread over several days) of struggling
>> with
>> this process, I managed to pull the pilot bearing from the 200q20v avant
>> I've been fighting to replace the throwout bearing/clutch/rear main seal,
>> etc.   No wonder the "hydraulic plunge with wheel bearing grease"
>> wouldn't
>> drive it out.  In this pix:
>> http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/67722814
>> the one I pulled is on the left.  It has no "bottom".  Very little
>> surface
>> for the hydraulic plunger system to work on.   The replacement has a
>> "bottom" with a tiny hole in it.   My original "pilot bearing puller"
>> wouldn't reach far enough inside to hook on the back lip.  The front lip
>> just distorted.  I ended up getting another puller with longer legs that
>> would reach the inner lip, but only after I ground a sharp ledge into the
>> legs.  Were all OEM pilot bearings the bottomless type?
> I don't think I have ever seen one with an end.
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