Bearing, seal pressing tips please.

Rbade12 at Rbade12 at
Mon May 12 12:58:03 PDT 2008

The new bearing [$24 from SJM] also has a steel cage. The new one has the 2  
halves of the cage riveted together [tiny rivets], while the OE cage was  sort 
of crimped together with tabs. The new is an Audi part....and surprisingly  
the seal was more expensive then the bearing [$36 from SMJ]. Once again, thanks 
 for the help gentlemen!
In a message dated 5/12/2008 9:38:21 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
b.benz at writes:

That  must be one old bearing that failed, having a steel ball cage,   
haven’t seen one in many, many years. Plastic is the material of   
choice now.
Using a press, no need to freeze the bearing, just lube  with light  
oil. And press it straight with the bore. Same with the  seal.


On May 12, 2008, at 7:03 AM,  Rbade12 at wrote:

> I'm going to press a new bearing and seal  in the gear cover that is  
> on the
> Torsen housing. The  steel cage that holds the ball bearings in  
> place within  the
>  bearing failed. I have a press [12 ton] and I've made  an  
> appropriate jig to
> press the bearing, seal and drive  flange in. I've searched the www   
> and found
> some  about pressing bearings [one site encourages freezing the   
>  bearing prior
> to pressing]. I'm wondering if any of you have tips  you've   
> gathered about
> pressing stuff. Should I  pack the open side of the seal with   
> grease? Should  I
> oil or grease the outside of the bearing/seal prior to   pressing?  
> Any tips
> would be  appreciated!
> Thanks, Bob
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