Tech Tip 17 Blown Roller Bearing Removal
“Blown” Roller Bearing Removal
The inner bearing race can be
removed quite easily. But just how do you pound out the outer race? A punch sometimes can’t find a purchase to drive it out. And even if you can find a purchase, there is always the risk
of “cocking” the race sideways and cracking an expensive aluminum housing. A “Hot Wrench” (acetylene torch) will be needed to CAREFULLY cut the outer race in two to remove the tension to ease removal. The torch head MUST be placed PARALLEL to the outer wall of the housing holding the bearing. Heat the outer race THEN apply O2. The molten outer race should be blown away and since you are applying heat parallel to the wall, the wall should be protected. Try to pound out the bearing now. If it still won’t budge, apply heat (NO O2) to the outer race a short distance away from the cut end and use a screwdriver to bend the cut end outward removing even more tension. Now the outer bearing race will be easy to remove.