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Carrier Bearing Removal
This step was one which I had much difficulty. A bearing separator does not fit behind the bearing because the bearing sits flush with the carrier. There are two recessed areas behind the bearing, but I found them too small to be able to grab on to. So, I had to improvise.
  1. Using a cut off tool (or a hacksaw blade or whatever you can use to cut metal) cut the cage which holds the bearings onto the inner race. Remove the cage and all of the bearings (if they haven't flown out on their own.) You will be left with only the inner race still pressed onto the carrier surface.
Cut the bearing cage with a cut off tool or a hack saw blade. The bearings will fall right out.
Once you have cut the cage and removed the bearings this is the inner race that will still be pressed onto the housing. Notice the lip at the top of the race.
  1. On the end of a two jaw gear puller place a small socket on the end of the center bolt.
Craftsman two jaw gear puller with small socket on the end of the center bolt. The reason the socket is used on the end is to make sure that the puller does not spin off center and cause the tool to break down. Do not even bother to use a cheap brand puller as it will bend in half under the pressure.
  1. Place a large socket (I used a 32mm front wheel drive axle nut socket) in the middle of the carrier so that it catches the carrier surface but clears the inner carrier bearing race. Then, set up the bearing separator so that it catches the top lip of the inner carrier bearing race, as described above.
The bearing separator and socket set up on the carrier race. Notice first the bearing separator catching the top lip of the carrier race. Next notice that the 32mm socket is placed with large opening at the top and is inside the carrier race resting on the carrier surface.
  1. Set up the gear puller so that the center bolt and small socket rest inside the larger socket and the jaws grab onto the sides of the bearing separator. From there, tighten the center bolt and the carrier race should pull off.
Gear puller set up on the carrier race.
The only step that I had to use over the step above was that I needed to cut a slit in the carrier race before it would pull off. Once I did this the carrier race pulled off. I did, however, nick the carrier surface with the cut off tool as I did this. I do not think that it will ever come back to bite me on the ass, but I think you should try to pull the race off as described above and if that fails either heat up the race with a torch or cut into it, and then pull it off.
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