Pilot bearings

S Crosbie scrosbie at integraonline.com
Sat Sep 30 12:36:41 EDT 2006

    I also struggled to get the pilot bearing out,  I asked Keith @ 
Anderson Motorsport and he said sometimes he first tries air pressure.  
I used my air nozzle with the pointed rubber tip, taped up the hole in 
the tube and held the tip against the small hole in the pilot bearing 
... it was out in seconds.  Since this is a blind hole the air pressure 
does all  the work.  I was ready to add oil or grease into the hole to 
help seal the bearing in case of air leakage around the edges, but it 
wasn't needed.  Experience pays off every time.
Kneale Brownson 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:
>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?
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