I bought a sleeve puller from Lang's. I tried it on one outer sleeve but it didn't want to budge. I didn't have time to tinker with it so I squirted some penetrating oil around the edge and left it.
Any advice on how to remove the sleeve with such a tool?
Turning it one way makes it harder and turning it the other way helps to collapse the sleeve. Turn it so the point in the middle of the sleeve is turning into the "V". That said, they can be a bear to get out sometimes.
As Val says, sometimes they're stubborn.
In addition to what has already been said, turn the puller in a clockwise direction while pulling outward.
I use a puller I bought from Langs. Works great. I broke my old one because the wheel hub had rubbed the oil seal, sleeve, and axle tube together on the end until they welded together. In the end I wound up having to grind about 1/16th of the whole thing away to free the sleeve.
The direction of rotation depends on which side of your are trying to pull. Sleeves come in lefts and rights.
Right Hal that's why I said to turn into the "V". I should have mentioned that I sometimes apply a bit of heat to the outside of the housing in very stubborn cases and I have even had to drive a thin punch between the sleeve and housing on either side of the slit to get things moving.
In the case of a very stubborn sleeve, you can damage the new pullers, see if anyone near you has either a Stevens or KRW puller you can use as they are more rugged.
I came across one that was worn so thin the Stevens puller would not grab it, I got under it with a punch and curled it out with a needle nose vice grip. It had worn through and into the housing, what a mess!
I agree. My comment was in response to the advice to turn the puller clockwise while pulling out. That only works on one side.
Turn, twist and pull at the same time. Also, use a dental pick to clean the V'ed slot out if you can.
Good advice above. There is a reason for this advice :-)
Turning it "to the V" as Val says, is important. Turning it the other way actually expands the sleeve into the housing, so binding it in tighter.
Turning towards the V allows it to collapse inwards, thus (in theory) allowing it to come out easily.
I also have the puller from Lang's.
I found on several, giving a quick jolt in the correct direction will using break free a stubborn sleeve.
Best of luck
There is a dimple on the sleeve. If you can get that loose, it will usually pull right out.
Turned out to be a two man job---we got them out but it was sometimes a struggle. Thanks for all the advice..it helped.