Getting the shaft? Make clutch replacement easier by easily removing your clutch pilot bearing or bushing

This information was also shared on my tool website, toolvo, in this blog post.

I have been working on vehicles, either for pay or for pleasure, since I was about 15 years old. What follows is a quick method for easily removing your clutch pilot bearing or bushing when you change out your clutch. The only tools you will need are a hammer, socket, extension, and some grease.

All the illustrations were handcrafted by me, which should give you an idea why I sell parts and tools for a living!

How to make clutch replacement easier by easily removing your clutch pilot bearing or bushing

This is a representation of the crankshaft of a vehicle as viewed from the side in a cutaway fashion.The shaded blue area is the area in the end of the crank that is machined out for the clutch pilot bearing or bushing.

Figure 1

The next image is the same view with the pilot bearing installed, again viewed from the side.

Figure 2

To easily remove your clutch pilot bearing or bushing, first you need to fill the empty area (the blue area in the picture) with grease. (high temp, low temp, wheel bearing, marine, any grease will work). You can either pump it full with a grease gun or you can pack it in with your finger. The key is to fill it completely with grease with no air pockets.

Crank 3

The next picture represents the end of the crankshaft.  For the next step you need to find a socket that has an outside diameter that just fits in the inside diameter of the bearing or bushing. It needs to be large enough to completely fill the hole, but not so tight that it gets stuck iYou will fill the socket completely up with grease as well, and then put a 3 or 6 inch extension into the socket as well. This plugs the end of the socket and gives you an easy handle to hit with the hammer.

Crank 4

Put the socket and extension into the hole and hit the extension with a hammer.

The grease will not compress and the pressure will succeed in easily removing your clutch pilot bearing or bushing without any damage. You may need to do the process twice to completely remove it, but one is usually sufficient and I have never had to do it more than twice.

There you go, now you can make clutch replacement easier by easily removing your clutch pilot bearing or bushing. Super easy!

Thanks for your time.

Bill

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