I have several bendix that need repair. I don't see the obvious way to remove the smooth steel bearing that fits into the end of the snout on the starter. Anyone know the trick to this?
It's threaded on conventionally but the piece is hardened so it can be a chore. Inside the two small holes is where the threads have been "upset" so as to not loosen up. I've used short, hardened pins inserted into the holes then use an appropriate wrench to loosen.
Steve, Thank You! i'll get to making a tool tomorrow.
Charles, my special tool is a pair of bullet head nails, cut off really short under the head. The little bit of plain shank left is inserted into the holes in the bearing. When the bearing is held in a pair of soft jaws in the vice, the nail heads stop it spinning and the bearing can be wound off. Usually there is no need to touch the thread upsets, as the bearing will push them out of the way as you wind it off.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Bullet head nail:
also known as finishing nail.