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will a 6 ton press, press wheel bearings?

Need to do a couple bearings on my Subaru. Rather than have a shop do it or take knuckles to Napa, I want to buy a press. Will a 6 ton a frame bench press do the trick?

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I would look for the heavy duty press at least a 12 ton or more likely a 20 ton. Once you have one there will be other tasks you will want to do.. they are not all that difficult to build if you have access to a pile of steel locally. My steel supplier has a pile of drops or cutoffs from various orders he has filled and those are available for reasonable..

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Need to do a couple bearings on my Subaru. Rather than have a shop do it or take knuckles to Napa, I want to buy a press. Will a 6 ton a frame bench press do the trick?
I have seen them push right out and I have seen others that a 30 ton had issues getting moving. I would get the biggest you can afford or have room for.
One work of caution on Subaru bearings.
Some Subaru's have a magnetic ring in the bearing on only one end of the bearing. The new one only goes one way but it can be put in backwards.
I had a guy bring his spindles to the garage and asked me to change the bearings. he had the wrong ones. The Napa, Autozone and Advance Auto bearings were all wrong, non magnetic. he thought I just didn't want to do it. I sent him to Subaru and he got the right ones. Unfortunately a lot of people learn this the hard way with an ABS light on after bearing replacement.
There are other cars that use the magnetic bearings as well.
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Need to do a couple bearings on my Subaru. Rather than have a shop do it or take knuckles to Napa, I want to buy a press. Will a 6 ton a frame bench press do the trick?
I do these, or similar, every week. A 6 ton press is marginal at best. Rusted, nasty ones, will need over 8-12 tons. If over 5 ton is required. I throw an explosion blanket over the unit and stand back.. When they "pop" STUFF goes flying...
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Guess ill buy a 12 or 20 ton.. I knew about some subarus having magnetic bearings. I think my 01 forester has a regular tone ring, but ill reference the service manual to check.
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20 ton H-Frame Industrial Heavy Duty Floor Shop Press

I will have one of these here someday.. Actually could have used it several times in the past..

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If over 5 ton is required. I throw an explosion blanket over the unit and stand back.. When they "pop" STUFF goes flying...
explosion blanket???
is that something i buy off the tool truck or at the local army surplus center

we had a 30 ton dake hydraulic press in the dana maintenance shop
many times we'd clear the shop and stand to the side, behind the press structure for the ''pop''
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Place I know had a 50 ton that was run by an electric over hydraulic pump
That made for some scary action.It was for pressing forklift tires on and off from wheels
It was a Dake.
The owner finally got rid of it and got a 12 ton job that was a bit more space friendly as the Dake was mammoth in size for what he needed.
He challenged it with some pretty big stuff a time or two. Things did go flying once.It bent a few pieces also.


I joked with him and told him to sell it to an amish guy for cracking walnuts. I bet it would crack a Bushell at a time LOL
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I've got a 20T press and it failed separate the tapered splined axles from their hubs on my old Rambler rear axle. Would have thought that would have been plenty...

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buy one of these..

FWD Front Wheel Bearing Adapters

you may need one of these also to pull the inner race off the hub ... or cut it off..

Bearing Separator and Puller Set

please verify that the wheel bearing seals fit properly on the inner CV joint shoulder and on the shoulder of the hub.


EDIT..

this is probably the best video i have seen on replacing front wheel bearings that are pressed into the knuckle.. and the hub pressed into that..

https://youtu.be/xyMUtEWrHSE

notice the benz in the video does not use any seals like the toyota versions i linked images to below.. splash from the other side of the car goes right into the bearings and wipes them out..
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That's a neat tool, but not something I'll ever own. The bearings I get come with a new hub. I'm hoping that I can just use a big socket the right diamater to press it. If not, I'll have to get the adapters. Subaru uses 3 seals

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