99 escort inner race stuck on spindle

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99 escort inner race stuck on spindle

There is a howling coming from the rear of my escort. When turing to the right, the sound disappears, so I assume it is coming from the left rear wheel? (I think that's how it goes anyway). I got the hub assembly off and noticed the inner race from the bearing is stuck fast to the spindle. I can see the exposed bearings in the hub. How do I get the race off of the spindle? There is not a press fit to the spindle is there? Thanks for any help.........ciggy
 
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if the bearing race did not spin on the shaft, you may get away with using a puller or applying heat to the race and then using a puller.

If the bearing spun on the shaft, you may end up replacing the shaft along with the bearing.

I have removed bearing races using an acetylene torch but it takes a skilled hand and eye to do that without damaging the spindle shaft.
 
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I tried a puller, but the dang race is against the spindle shoulder, leaving about a 32nd of an inch for the puller to grab. And it aint grabbing on that little bit! I dont have access to a torch, unless I remove the spindle and take it to my brother inlaws place. Looks like another call to the junkyard.
 
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have you tried a bearing adapter. It is a split plate that fits behind a bearing and the puller is attached to that.

(autozone may have a loaner for free use)


if you can't fit it behind the bearing you may be able to get it to hold on the ledge the rollers set between.

heating the race, even if only with a propane torch, will expand the race and make it a looser fit on the spindle. If it takes too long to heat though it won;t help because the spindle will get heated just as much and it will expand as well.
 
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I just solved the exact same problem on my car just about 2 weeks ago. I too had the inner sleve of the bearing pinned to the shoulder of the backplate. No way for puller. Sleeve easily spun in circles. I tried big jaws channel locks to no success plus then applied torch heat and enlarged the sleeve to more loose, yet still would not come off. Mechanic told me it is burrs under the sleeve of the bearing and I need new spindle! ($$$!!!!).

Nope. Came back home, got out my Dremel tool with one of those small triangular cone shaped attachments (very small) that looks like maybe it has diamond dust in the carborundum... and I spent one hour or so carving a groove into the bottom of the sleeve without ever touching the spindle. When I was within thousanths of inch from spindle, I whacked with a hammer against screwdriver with screwdriver blade forced between spindle and sleeve of bearing, at the groove I made, and the sleeve flew in half under such high pressure it flew up to my garage ceiling and richoted off it! A success story. I then used file plus plumbing emory cloth to get burrs off spindle. Spindle not damaged/narrowed down beyond repair as I could still see those machining rings in the spindle.

Good luck.
 
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The dremel tool did the trick. It took a while, but it came off clean. The only problem is I ended up grinding a flat spot (about a .25 of an inch) on the spindle. But this isn't NASA, so were a little looser with our QC. Thanks for the help guys.

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Excellent!

I talked to the mechanic to tell him what I had done and he said that even if I had ground a flat spot in the spindle (coincidence you mentioned this) that that would not hardly hurt anything as the objective is for the outer sleeve of the bearing to fit tight on the spindle and it is the inner rollers that are doing the spinning and not that sleeve that is tight onto the spindle (that you and I got off). Upon new bearing reassembly, make sure you grab the whole wheel/tire and when tightening the outer bearing nut, make sure you no longer have free play. But I'm sure you know all about tightening bearings/not overtightening either, otherwise you would not have tackled this job.
 
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