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 Posted: 09-08-2007 02:10 pm
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Healeyneil2007
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HI guys. I need to replace a rear wheel bearing. I have undone the four bolts but the half shaft doesnt want to move. Any good tips ? Would heat be a good idea? (there is no oil in the axle at present)

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 Posted: 09-09-2007 05:04 am
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I did this last year, and all you need is a sllide hammer that you can attach to the lugnuts.  One or two gentle taps, and it'll come out.  THe old bearing has to be pressed off, and the new one on.  I had my local LBC mechanic do it.  You'll need heat to get the new bearing retainer on, but you shouldn't need any heat to get the half shaft out of the axlehousing.

Edward

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 Posted: 09-09-2007 11:33 am
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Thanks for that. An improvised slide hammer did the trick, although it wasnt "gentle taps" !

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 Posted: 11-09-2014 11:12 am
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Old thread but I need to replace my rear axle bearings? I got the bearings from Martin Robey but they can not supply the shrunk on retainers. Does anyone have the part numbers or know of a source for these? Or an equivalent from another manufacturer?
Gordon

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 Posted: 11-11-2014 08:23 pm
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Problem solved- Delta have them in stock

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 Posted: 05-01-2015 04:15 pm
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Just wanted to show the tool I improvised to pull the halfshafts out:



Joined a cheap CE (Chinese Export) marked puller and an equally cheap CE slide hammer, got the job done in five blows or so. I had been struggling for an hour and a half with just the slide hammer, I just couldn't get it to transfer the energy and not slip off.

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Joachim

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 Posted: 05-02-2015 03:33 am
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That was a great idea. Have to remember that for next time.

Art

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 Posted: 05-02-2015 10:42 am
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Last week I had to remove the half shafts from a spare JH axle I had bought for my GT. I managed to get one of them out using the "brake drum method" i.e. a brake drum reversed and fastened to the hub with all 4 wheel nuts tightened by a couple of turns. This then turns the brake drum into a slide hammer, although you need to be careful not to damage the threads on the hub bolts when pulling on the drum, and the sliding distance of the drum is pretty limited.

The other half shaft resolutely refused to shift using this method. After various other attempts, it finally popped out by hammering on a punch threaded through the holes in the backing plate and onto the backs of the hub bolts.

I'm hoping it will be easier to get the half shafts back in!

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