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Old 05-17-2004, 08:58 PM
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Replace old bearing races or keep them???

Wow I havenít been on in awhile, I sure miss this place.

I am putting new wheel bearings in the front of my 72 Chevelle and I donít think I will be able to remove the old bearing races, would it be ok to leave the old races in and just install new bearings???
The races seem to be smooth as glass.

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Old 05-17-2004, 09:12 PM
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Should be OK, but they are easy to replace. You just knock out the old ones and put the new ones in using a large socket and a hammer, if you don't have a press.
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I wouldn't mix them. I knew someone who did, but only until he could get home & fix it right.

A large punch works much better for driving races out than a small one. Don't know why, I just know it's a whole lot easier.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:44 AM
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OK Thanks guys.

I could not get them to budge before, but I will find a way to get them out.

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Always use new races with new bearings.

Use a long 1/4 inch drift punch from the opposite side and alternate from side to side to keep it going square.

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Never use old races with new bearings, or vice versa, unless it's an emergency. The berarings will not last long if you do. If you are installing new bearings and do not think you need to replace the races, why are you replacing them in the first place?

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Old 05-18-2004, 07:30 PM
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don't forget the heat wrench. works wonders for me.
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put the new ones in using a large socket and a hammer


Use the old bearing cup as an installer. Tap them in with the old cup instead of beating a good socket to death.

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