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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Elise rear wheel bearing removal

I have 05 Elise that I'm trying to replace a rear wheel bearing on. I cannot get my axle to push back out of the bearing hub. I have blown-up 2 of my cheap HF 6" gear pullers. Do I just need a better bigger puller? Should I remove the axle so I can beat on it without damaging the wishbone mounts? Heat the bearing? Any advice appreciated
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I have 05 Elise that I'm trying to replace a rear wheel bearing on. I cannot get my axle to push back out of the bearing hub. I have blown-up 2 of my cheap HF 6" gear pullers. Do I just need a better bigger puller? Should I remove the axle so I can beat on it without damaging the wishbone mounts? Heat the bearing? Any advice appreciated
I rented one of these at a local parts store, though they are cheap if you want to buy one. What puller did you use?
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Thanks!! That's definitely beefier than the version I used (below). I'll pick one up tomorrow and give it another try.
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Leave the castle nut on but just sticking past the threads and hit it with a hammer....
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I'm curious if that puller from post 2 will work.

Recently I changed my front bearings but there was no complication about the axle being in the middle. For my case (front wheels) I was able to turn the wheels to the side and then hit the back of the bearings with a hammer.
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I'm curious if that puller from post 2 will work.

Recently I changed my front bearings but there was no complication about the axle being in the middle. For my case (front wheels) I was able to turn the wheels to the side and then hit the back of the bearings with a hammer.
This puller is to remove a stuck drive shaft from the hub, not to remove ball joints or bearings.
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Funny, I was just taking an axle out, and the puller in post 3 worked better than trying to use a hammer. Have you applied liquid wrench a few times to try and make the job a little easier?

"Give a man a match, and he'll be warm for a minute, but set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
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The tool in post #2 + an impact was the winner for me. PB blaster was sprayed daily for 3 days and while removing the hub. The tool is called a Front Wheel Drive Hub Puller. Below are pictures of the 2 broken gear pullers next to the hub puller, the axle, and hub. Thanks all for the advice!!Name:  IMG_20190315_200547_1552695350626.jpg
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