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MGallus 01-05-2013 02:16 PM

Rear axle bearing removal from axle
 
I need advise removing bearing and collar from axle so I can replace wheel seal.

JeepMe 01-05-2013 04:37 PM

Re: Rear axle bearing removal from axle
 
The easiest advice is to take it to a shop. You're going to have to press on the new bearing and collar. If you cannot do that, you'll have to have a shop do it (they will usually remove the old bearing for free and replace the seal). When I replaced both axle seals I took both rear axles to the shop (just as they came out of the housing) and they removed and replaced the collars, bearings, seals, and plates for $30/axle.

harkinsc 01-07-2013 03:42 PM

Re: Rear axle bearing removal from axle
 
I used an angle grinder (carefully) and a chisel. Once I removed enough material with the grinder I used the chisel+hammer and the retaining ring and bearing just popped (broke) right off. And as JeepMe mentioned... if you don't have access to a 20-ton shop press or similar and bearing grease packer... you might as well just save yourself the trouble and pay a shop!

MGallus 01-07-2013 05:15 PM

Re: Rear axle bearing removal from axle
 
Thanks. I found that using a air hammer worked faster and I was able to get the collar and bearing off in under 5 min. The only problem I then had was going back together. I broke down and took in to auto values machine shop. Thanks again. I wish jeep would have done a better job on this that a press was not needed. I did have an idea of putting the axle in the snow bank and heating the bearing and collar with an induction heater. It heats to 1500 degrees. I wasn't ballsy enough to try it. I bet it would have worked. Has worked in other such scenarios.

JeepMe 01-07-2013 06:00 PM

Re: Rear axle bearing removal from axle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MGallus (Post 733948)
Thanks. I found that using a air hammer worked faster and I was able to get the collar and bearing off in under 5 min. The only problem I then had was going back together. I broke down and took in to auto values machine shop. Thanks again. I wish jeep would have done a better job on this that a press was not needed. I did have an idea of putting the axle in the snow bank and heating the bearing and collar with an induction heater. It heats to 1500 degrees. I wasn't ballsy enough to try it. I bet it would have worked. Has worked in other such scenarios.

I had a buddy do that with a bearing on a different vehicle. Put the axle in the freezer and the bearing in the oven. Then they slid together just fine.


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