Pilot Bearing Magic

Mike Holt

Member
Okay Mechiantics! What are your magic tricks for removing the pilot bearing bushing?
I used the bolt/washer/nut trick yo get the pilot bearing out. But going to a lager nut/washer didn’t work on the bushing. Not enough purchase on the back side. Tried the bread trick...just made a mess on the floor. Went to the grease trick. Just made a mess in general.
I’ve ordered a removal tool. I’m just hoping the teeth will get enough grab on the back.

All the youtubers make it look easy. Fake news!

Any ideas?

BTW, stock 5.0.
 

Eric Nelson

Contributing Member
Member
Okay Mechiantics! What are your magic tricks for removing the pilot bearing bushing?
I used the bolt/washer/nut trick yo get the pilot bearing out. But going to a lager nut/washer didn’t work on the bushing. Not enough purchase on the back side. Tried the bread trick...just made a mess on the floor. Went to the grease trick. Just made a mess in general.
I’ve ordered a removal tool. I’m just hoping the teeth will get enough grab on the back.

All the youtubers make it look easy. Fake news!

Any ideas?

BTW, stock 5.0.
I bought a cheap pilot bearing remover to do just this job on my old Ford truck. It worked well. I think I tried the grease trick, as well. It didn't work.
 

Mike Holt

Member
I bought a cheap pilot bearing remover to do just this job on my old Ford truck. It worked well. I think I tried the grease trick, as well. It didn't work.
I’ve got one on the way. My concern is the lack of a ridge on the backside of 5he bushing.
We’ll see!
 

phil mead

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I have used bread with mixed results. I have the puller if you get tired of waiting. You may want to try a little heat to help it. If you use bread and heat you get toast :)
 

Scott Harrison

"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"
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I used a puller several times on Windsor bearings and FE bushings. Had to "machine " the end to fit, and got it to work.
 

tim-in-oakton

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I had to bust out the roller bearings first to get a perfectly round bearing race that I put my Grease&plunger into. You need a hydraulic seal, but with that it was a couple of taps to get the race out.
 

Mike Holt

Member
I had to bust out the roller bearings first to get a perfectly round bearing race that I put my Grease&plunger into. You need a hydraulic seal, but with that it was a couple of taps to get the race out.
Already tried it. No budgy!
I got the tool yesterday. I’m going to have to modify the ends a bit to fit into the two notches on the back side of the bushing. Right now, they are too large and round to get a purchase. If that doesn’t work...Phil, I’ll be giving you a call! Run now!
 
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