Wheel bearings and getting bent over

Bernard Littau bernardl at acumenassociates.com
Mon Oct 9 21:46:15 EDT 2000

> >>Depends on how badly the bearing inner race sticks on the hub.
> There isn't room to get a decent puller in there.
> Even so 2 hours seems excessive.<<
> The strut was out, taken to someone who had a press.  No way any part of
> bearing is going to be left sticking to the hub at those pressures.  A set
> of bearings done on the car would probably justify the two hours, maybe
> a little more if they are really stuck, but that wasn't the case, the
> handed them the struts.

Nope, the outer side inner race will always be stuck to the hub.  What Erin
said is correct, the race on the hub can be a real pain to remove.

The VW/Audi tool to remove the race has very narrow parts to fit into the
space available -- I assume they are suitable hardened, too.  A normal
puller's "hook" is mostly too wide to fit into the space.  I have always
gotten lucky with a minimal grip in the race.  If the puller ever slipped,
it would be grinder time for the race, and likely a new puller as the hook
would be rounded :-)


Bernard Littau
Woodinville, WA
'88 5ktq

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