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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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front wheel bearing removal

I need to remove my front wheel bearing.I looked in Honda Direct and a bearing removal head made by Honda is not available.I have a metal lathe and could probably make one if I could see one close up.The service manual shows one,but no help there.I wouldn't mind buying one if I could locate where. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Jim

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 02:49 PM
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Try you local Honda dealer.

I have been able to remove them, for replacement, with a small dull chisel.

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Jerry R. suggested taking about a foot of round alluminum tubing stock of the proper diameter to just fit inside the bearings, and slicing (hacksaw) it lengthwise about 1/3 of the way it's length. Then you can spread the section of two halves where you cut just a bit, and then slide it into the wheel so the lip catches on the edge of the bearing. Then you should be able to drive it right out.

I have not tried it, but it sounds like it would work, and next time I remove mine, this is what I will do.

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Yellow Wolf said that he changed his using a little heat. Since then I seen a report by a guy who was changing the bearings on his BMW and said he used a little heat like you are suppose to ? Now you all know that the aluminum wheel is going to expand like crazy with a little heat and the steel bearing won't. My guess is that it would drop out at about 200 degrees?? Anyway I will probably change mine this week and after I get the tire and valve stem off I will be seeing if that sucker will fit in the kitchen oven!! Also by using a little heat you won't be damaging the bearing pocket by forceing the bearing out.

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I have chaged several set now. All I do is use a small propane torch to heat the area right around the bearings.
In about 20 seconds, they fall right out.
Not hot enough to hurt the wheel and less painful than buying the $180 tool from Honda

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Thank you fluf, all you people who have been doing this for the last 3 or 4 years and not saying anything are ------- chickens I've been wondering about this since 2001 and wondered why nobody was saying anything about it

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Thank you fluf, all you people who have been doing this for the last 3 or 4 years and not saying anything are ------- chickens I've been wondering about this since 2001 and wondered why nobody was saying anything about it
Probably because, like me, they don't like being called stupid. But Hey, it works. Wheels aren't hurt and now its kind of fun coming out ot the closet

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Better get ready fluf, Fred and Art mann are going to eat your lunch. **** you probably warped your wheel or changed the molecular composition of the aluminum---- throed it out of balance-- who no's

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Better get ready fluf, Fred and Art mann are going to eat your lunch. **** you probably warped your wheel or changed the molecular composition of the aluminum---- throed it out of balance-- who no's
I'll just hide behind door #3

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 12:43 AM
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I'll email you a picture of my tool. I made it from a Craftsman 1/2" deep well impact socket. It worked fine for me. You will need a lathe.

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