I need to remove the outer axle sleeves on my 23 canopy express, and was wondering if I had to use the puller tool that the parts houses sell, or can I just bang it out with a pipe from the other end of the axle? That is how I have removed axle races on a Model A. Thanks for the help, Ed S.
The sleeve puller has a spring loaded "button" that fits into the hole in the sleeve, allowing you to spin the sleeve out in seconds.
I highly recommend buying one or fabricating something similar.
You have to use the puller. There is a reducing sleeve riveted into the axle housing that sits just behind the bearing sleeves. You'll hit that first if you try to push out the sleeve from the inside out. In fact, you won't even get a pipe of the correct diameter into the housing, as there is a similar riveted in sleeve behind the inner bearing sleeves as well.
# 2509SP $13.95+ shipping and well worth the cost. Buy it and proceed, or if you have a close friend borrow one for a few days. Check with a Club in your area.
Ed: Just another short note. I have had one for probably 20 years and maybe have used it 8 or 10 times and It is worth it's weight in Silver or Gold!!!!!!!
Call Ashley(@ Lang's) and have one sent to you and you will never regret it, been there done that. It has done two Ruckstel's and three regular Rear ends.
This is one place where the right tool makes the job easy!
Thanks for the quick response, I will add it to my order with Lang's for the outer sleeves. They were warn a lot on the lower side. The inner's look great so I will leave them in. Thanks again, Ed S
While you're splurging, be sure to get their "best quality" sleeves.
Thanks Mark, those are the ones I ordered. Has anyone had good luck with the neoprene seal that Lang's sell's for the outer bearing, or will the triple felt seals work fine?
Use the neoprene!
When you go to take out the old sleeve be sure that the groove ( where the "ends" of the sleeve come close to each other) is clean. Packed in dirt or metal chips will keep the sleeve from decreasing in diameter and it will remain locked in there.
The last time I did one I used three of the big felts on each axle shaft, plus the neoprene. But the neoprene seal by itself is probably enough. With all that keeping the oil in, I think all you need in the end cap is the stock felt to keep the dust out.
Here's a video showing some of the job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfxWPsF4KhQ
Here's the puller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDcmsir6bPU
Here's pinion gear removal. You loosen the nut but leave it on to protect the threads. You want a piece of hardwood on the floor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta2NCzXcZnA
There are other videos online, but if you haven't done this before the MTFCA axle book is a must.
Be aware that you might have to shorted the sleeve a little if you use the modern inner seal.
Like Steve I use the modern inner seal and old fashioned felt on the outside.