I am in the process of replacing the clutch in a 1989 F150 with the 4.9l. I discovered that the pilot bearing was completely shot, all the needle rollers fell out after tranny was removed. Now I am unsure how to get whats left of the bearing out, there's no lip inside to grab onto with my slide hammer. Any ideas? Thanks!
Don't know how well this will apply here - but my Jeep used a pilot bushing, as opposed to a bearing.
The trick was to thread/jam a pipe nipple into the bushing - don't have to worry about damaging the bushing, just looking for a tight seal. The put a grease fitting onto the pipe and use a grease gun to 'pressurize' behind the assembly to force it out. It was tough to get things to seal properly, but it eventually worked.
Or, I suppose you could take the assembly to a machine shop??
Thanks for all the replies!
I rented a pilot bearing remover today, but it didn't work because there was nothing for it to grab onto. WHAT A PAIN! I spent 3 hours trying to get it out, finally ended up drilling 3 holes around the edge of it and chipping it out with a chisel. For a while I thought I would have to pull the whole crankshaft and take it to a shop! But I got it done! Thanks,
buy slide hammer with tabbed type attachment for the grabbing end specifically made for pilot bearings. Do not heat the crankshaft. Do not hammer on the crankshaft in a direction towards the engine. Wear gloves. Make sure no lube or other slickness inside bearing hole. You may tap the edge of the bearing quite hard in two or three places from the side of the bearing WITHOUT hitting the crank. This will hopefully free up anything that is seized to the sides of the bearing. Install tool into bearing. Use wrench to tighten to ensure no play. Eat wheaties. Are your gloves on? Safety glasses? Helmet? Patiently hammer the crap out of it with BOTH hands. It may not appear to move for many many strokes, but it will as long as the tool itself stays intact and installed. Promise
KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THE WAY OF THE SLIDE HAMMER WEIGHT !!!!!
Last edited by Tuff Huff Repair; 09-04-2012 at 10:55 PM.
Reason: accidental omission of safety recommendation
no ****? well, don't ya think if someone else just MIGHT need some advice from a FORUM and happens to find this one, some detailed instructions not necessarily in the original content would be helpful to a greenhorn such as yourself?