Join Date: Sep 1998
Location: Mustang, OK USA
Re: 10 bolt Pontiac rear end. Question re: axle bearings
IF, just IF, your bearings are the style that are pressed onto the axle and then have an addicional lock ring pressed onto the axle to provide better retention of the bearing, DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT press off the lock ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do just exactly as Freddie said (Big Gear Head) explained------------as I've shown below.
First, with a chisel and BIG hammer (it MAY be necessary to use a die grinder and thin cutoff wheel to notch the lock ring), partially split the lock ring. It should then easily slide off. THEN, you can press off the bearing.
Also, last, if this is the style axle bearings that you have (with lock ring), DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, press on the bearing and lock ring together. Press on the bearing FIRST until it is fully seated. Then press on the lock ring.
The above method is what was used on 55-64 Chevys and 56-62 Corvettes. I have replaced MANY of these bearings in the past 55+yrs. This is the method shown in the Chevy Service Manual and it works just fine.
OH YA, DON'T FORGET TO PUT THE BEARING RETAINER ON THE AXLE BEFORE PRESSING ON THE BEARING!!!!!!!!!
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