Distroyed 2 axle sleeve pullers trying to get the outter sleeve out of the axle housing any ideas so as not to damage the housing. Many thanks, Jon
Did you try twisting the puller, or just draw it straight out?
I have had luck with heating the tube with a propane torch enough to get the old grease moving, and twist the puller to get the detent out of the tube depression. Twist the puller in the direction of the split in the sleeve, it will help collapase it and allow it to come out.
Or just take a chisel and collapse the sleeve and pull it out with a pair of pliers.
Had a similar problem - previous owner had used the cheap rear bearings. They wallowed thru the sleeve, almost, and were scored inward on one end. Could not get the tool on the sleeve, or pull the bearing. Got them out using an old bent steering rod too ruined to straighten, and pounded from the center. What a pain!
Try making some hardwood wedges out of oak or rock maple. Make them about 4" long, sharply pointed rising to about a 1/4" and about 1/2" wide. Start a fine screwdriver at the sleeve split until you can get a wedge in. Pound in 1 wedge then put in another etc until you have it sprung enough to grab onto. The more wedges you use, working around the circumfrence the easier it is. The wood will not score the surfaces.