Hoping someone may be able to tell me what I'm doing wrong, or
I'm trying to replace the rear wheel bearing on a 1961 econoline
truck. I've removed the bearing retainer and the brakes, drum ect but
can not get the axle to come out of the axle housing.
Do I need a special puller ? Is there some sort of a retainer in the
Thank you in advance for your help.
Don't know that exact axle, but on most semi-floating axles there's
some sort of retainer in the diff housing. Usually a big circlip in a
groove at the end of the shaft, but there are other methods.
You're probably overdue to change the gear oil in the rear axle
anyway, so pop the cover off the pumpkin and take a look.
Hint: Public Libraries often have repair manuals... ;-)
--<< Bruce >>--
I popped open the pumpkin last night and saw no retainer ring of any
sort, and have a Chiltons for the truck.
The Chiltons tells everything but how to remove the axle. I suspect I
need a slide hammer of some sort. Or perhaps a torch to heat the
bearing case enough to expand enough to yank the axle, as the wheel
bearing is pressed onto the axle.
Still guessing here, fixing to go back and try again.
I think all you have to do is remove the bearing retianer.
I did my 71 f100 and all you do is remove the 4 bolts,
and it pulls out. The bearing is pressed on type(on my 71)
looks the same here in this application.. The
book says this is for 61-69 ford.
I scanned the page and uploaded it for you.
You're right for the most part. The axles, when new, would pull out with a
or two (or three). After many years of use or miles, a slide hammer is usually
necessary to "tap" them out. It's a close fit that gets tight with use and time.
You have a 71 F-100? I'm jealous. The 70-72s are my favorite Ford trucks.
Can you describe the "bearing retainer" that you removed?
Look at the rear end. Does the carrier (gears and pinion flange) bolt in from
front? Or is there a cover on the back of the housing?
I suspect that this rear end has a removable carrier (bolts in from the
you remove the 4 bolts on the bearing retainer, you need to use a slide hammer
"axle puller" adaptor to get the axle and bearing out of the tube.
Look here: http://jackstoolshed.zoovy.com/product/02236A?META=nextag-02236A
See the adaptor with 3 holes on top and one on the bottom, biggest one in the
picture? That's what you need. You can likely rent it from a local parts store
with the slide hammer.
Hope this helps, Tom
If this is a half ton, E100 or 150. Put the brake drum on backwards with
three lug nuts, also backwards. Leave the nuts real loose, and be damned
sure the truck wont fall. Use the loose brake drum as a slide hammer. Push
it against the axle flange, the pull it towards you hard as you can. After a
few "hits" the axle will come out. Now I'm wondering how you pulled the
center without removing the axles? Is this a 3/4 ton? Five or eight lug
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