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Old 09-23-2008, 09:53 PM
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Hi guys, got a problem. I can't get the pilot bushing(bearing) out of my kids 302. Tried the slide hammer and all I did was bust up the inner race. I have heard of the grease method but if a slide hammer couldn't get it out I doubt the grease method would work. Anybody else have the same problem?

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If you have the correct size shaft, the grease method should work. The hydraulic force you can create with the grease is considerable.
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The grease method works well if you can get a tight fit. If you cant find something that fits well, get a piece of metal LARGER than the hole and grind down its diameter carefully on a bench grinder (rotate it in your hands against the grinding wheel) until you get a perfect fit.

Another method is to use a 1/8" dia carbide burr in a dremel and slice through the wall of the bearing race, you shoud be able to fish it out after doing that just try not to grind a groove into the crank
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Pilot Bushing Puller

The last time I tried the grease method it didn't budge and I had a used trans shaft. Here's a tool I ran across from Springer Tool about the best $20 bucks I've spent. Saw it in CarCraft mag also.
http://www.springertool.com/Function.html
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I don't know what size the Ford innner hole is, but on a Chevy, I use a 3/4" coarse tap and just run the tap in until it bottoms out, and then it pulls the bushing right out. Fast & simple.
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I think what you described would work with a bronze bushing, but not with a bearing which is hardened. The tap would break if it ever screwed into the bearing inter race. He did say bearing and not bushing I think. I've used what you're describing to remove the starter bushing on VW even if the bushing is worn en egg shaped. Just use a tap a few thousands larger that the shaft (.020 or so) It'll start turning easier once it gone through the bushing until it hits the bottom of the hole then it'll get harder to turn. If it doesn't start pushing the bushing out with a little force, don't force it to hard because the block is alum. I believe. lol
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grease method has always worked for me well i have an actual input shaft from an old tranny laying around that i use

it doesnt fit really tight but works anyways

within about 5 or 6 smacks the bushing is out

pack that hole all the way with thick grease and smack the shaft or a rod etc in there a few times

maybe add some more grease

repeat

should be out of there then


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sounds like all that is left in the crank is the bearing race , if so just lay a bead across it with your electric welder in two places let it cool and it will fall out .
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'll let you know what works.
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