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Author Topic:   how do I replace wheel bearings for ford 9"?
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted May 13, 2002 09:45 AM UIN: 13209501
How hard are the retainers to get off? Is this something that can be done without a press? We tried to get it in a press, but didn't have much luck getting it setup to be able to press the retainer off. Is this something that I would have to go to an axle shop for? Thanks.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 197
posted May 13, 2002 04:51 PM
You need a bearing spliter. It has 2 long bolts that clamp 2 "C" shaped pieces together. Make sure the collar isnt tack welded on, if its been tack welded skip to the OR section.
You also need a floor mounted press, not a table top model. lower the base almost to the floor and get your spacer blocks set up to clear the axle flange. put the collar under the bearing so it makes contact with the inner part of the bearing. it will just touch it. the collars are not a super tight press. start pressing, just go slow and easy. if they are after market axles you will probably need to keep adding spacers, cause the area that the sleeve presses over is tall/long.
CUT them off with a cut off wheel. Ive seen them torched off before, but Im not sure id do that to my axles.
GOOD LUCK. Widebody

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted May 13, 2002 06:34 PM
ok dode, heres the poor mans way ive done for yrs before the right tools were available to me. rap the old brg with a towel and hit it hard on the outer race with a big hammer, thus breakin it in two the towel wrapped around it is so the pieces dont fly and hit you. then heat up the inner race and the lock collar with a torch till there is a red hot spot, then you should be able to hit the race groove on the red hot spot with a chisel and or air hammer should walk it right off. reistall it with a piece of long pipe the correct size and pound it on till it seats. hope this helps.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted May 17, 2002 10:04 PM
just heat up the collar red hot, stand the axel on end and bump it on the floor. it will fall right off. to put the new one on, put the axel in a deep freeze,(make sure the wife is gone when you do that part) overnite. then put the bearing and collar in the oven on high for half an hour and they slide right on with a little oil.

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