I was pulling the rear axle hubs on my '26 Roadster to inspect the brake linings and bearings today. The left side came out easy, the right bearing will not come out. It will move in and out freely for about 1/8" and the cage will not rotate. I also noticed a rub on the drum and actuator support. Any ideas? Thanks, PK
I've had similar troubles. Generally, the bearing/cage has worn into the sleeve and axle shaft. When you attempt to pull out the bearing it is getting caught on either or both the axle shaft or sleeve. Make yourself a couple of hooks out of wire, small welding rod wire works pretty good. Bend them so you have a handle or use a pair of vice grips to hold them. On the other end fashion a hook. work the wire into the bearing and catch it on the cage and yank for all your worth. Eventually the bearing will pop out, but sometimes a little extra vocabulary is needed. The rub on the hub could mean that your thrust washers are bad. Take a good look once you have the bearings out. See if there is extra play, in and out on the axle shafts. Good Luck, Mike
Did you try rotating the axle while pulling on the bearing with a hook? That may work it loose. I wonder if the sleeve is so worn that the bearing is catching on the unworn outer end.
Measure from floor up to bottom of axle,cut a board slightly longer and wedge the axle up.Then your hook in the cage of bearing should pull it out.
Well I got the bearing out. I was able to get two small screwdrivers in and pry the bearing out far enough to get a slide hammer with a special ground tip to fit the cage. It was tight to the very end. It looks like the housing is bent. It has a bronze thrust washer with very little end play. I can feel a very small ridge worn in the top rear of the sleeve. PK
Also be sure to check the axle shaft for a groove or excess wear.
Either the axle or the housing is bent, maybe both. You need to take the whole assembly apart and check it out.
For me i would tear it down could be the inner bearing is bad
It's draining tonight. I'll pull it down in the morning. I did see a lot of very small bronze flecks in the oil. Things were under serious stress in there. More to come. Thanks all for the input. PK
Got it pulled down, it's the axle housing. All the internals check out good. I'm going to put these internals onto a good spare housing with new seals and thrust washers. PK
I'm unable to see the rest of the differential in your last photo but from what I can see you may have a major misalignment issue as the axle shaft isn't anywhere near the centre of the tube
Alan, yes the axle tube is bent. When I put the carrier and axles in the other housings everything is centered and rotates free.
Does anyone have a method of tightening up the cages in the Hyatt bearings? PK
Pat, set them on a solid straight surface, and peen them till tight.
Thanks John, I'll give it a shot. PK