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Old 06-10-2003, 05:01 PM   #1  
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Anybody know where I should look to try and rent a pilot bearing puller? I need to replace the PB on my TII, and don't feel like spending the $110 to get my own puller.



Also, if anyone has a clutch alignment tool hanging around that they'd like to lend me, let me know...I'd appreciate it.
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u can always try and rent one from a neighborhood auto store/shop. i have one but doubt that u would want to pay for shipping it to u and back
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Clutch alignment tool = $5 if nobody local will lend you one.
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Yea the alignment tools are more like $2.50, I have a couple, but by the time you pay shipping back and forth you might as well have bought your own.
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you really don't need a specific puller to change the pilot bearing, Split it with a hammer and chisel. Since I assume you are planning to replace it, destroying the old one is not a big deal. Since most are made of brass or soft metals running a chisel down through it is simple, and once the beaing is split, knock it a few times with a screwdriver to get it to fold into the center. Should basically fall out after doing this. Check your local auto parts stores. you should be able to rent the alignment tool, or buy a universal cheap.



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i'd like to see someone split the FC pilot bearing with a chisel without ******* anything up or wasting far too much time on it.



autozone, rent the puller, bring it back when done and you're good to go.



I just recently used a clutch alignment tool for the first time, it's somewhat overrated, you can align it just as well by eye, the alignment tools tend to have quite a bit of slop in them anyways.
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you really don't need a specific puller to change the pilot bearing, Split it with a hammer and chisel. Since I assume you are planning to replace it, destroying the old one is not a big deal. Since most are made of brass or soft metals running a chisel down through it is simple, and once the beaing is split, knock it a few times with a screwdriver to get it to fold into the center. Should basically fall out after doing this.



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ive done it that way before, u just have to be careful not to hit it too hard.
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i'd like to see someone split the FC pilot bearing with a chisel without ******* anything up or wasting far too much time on it.



autozone, rent the puller, bring it back when done and you're good to go.



I just recently used a clutch alignment tool for the first time, it's somewhat overrated, you can align it just as well by eye, the alignment tools tend to have quite a bit of slop in them anyways.
Its called not being a retard when you do it. Thats how I got mine out...and nothing was fucked up. People who haven't replaced a pilot bearing might not know this (maybe you got lucky when/if you did yours), but the pullers you rent don't work for **** from what I've experienced. There not sharp enugh to grip the bearing case. You can grind it to make it sharper, but then you risk having them make you buy it and it might not work. The grease, or getting paper towls wet and putting in a dowel, hitting it to make it come out from pressure..******* bull ****, stupidest thing I ever heard. I chissled mine, collapsed the bearing, then grinded it a bit, and worked it out.



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[quote name='pengaru' date='Jun 10 2003, 03:02 PM'] i'd like to see someone split the FC pilot bearing with a chisel without ******* anything up or wasting far too much time on it.



autozone, rent the puller, bring it back when done and you're good to go.



I just recently used a clutch alignment tool for the first time, it's somewhat overrated, you can align it just as well by eye, the alignment tools tend to have quite a bit of slop in them anyways.
Its called not being a retard when you do it. Thats how I got mine out...and nothing was fucked up. People who haven't replaced a pilot bearing might not know this (maybe you got lucky when/if you did yours), but the pullers you rent don't work for **** from what I've experienced. There not sharp enugh to grip the bearing case. You can grind it to make it sharper, but then you risk having them make you buy it and it might not work. The grease, or getting paper towls wet and putting in a dowel, hitting it to make it come out from pressure..******* bull ****, stupidest thing I ever heard. I chissled mine, collapsed the bearing, then grinded it a bit, and worked it out.



-Marc [/quote]

pulled mine out three times now with the same autozone puller i bought over a year ago. Took under 5 mins every time.



I guess I'm just retarded.



I watched a mechanic spend hours getting a pilot bearing out because he didnt have a puller on hand, it involved a grinder like you mentioned. But he was definitely retarded, but I think that because of the approach he took, not becasue it took forever using that approach.



There surely are many ways to do things, always are, but I've had great experiences using the pilot bearing puller, and I've never taken a grinder to it.
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:47 PM   #10  
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Thanks, I'll check out Autozone. I asked at Napa and they looked at me like I was retarded.
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