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The Spirit needs new rear wheel bearings on the driver's side (the nylon-cage-made-in-China rubbish on the passenger side was already replaced, good thing too, as the bearing was starting to disintegrate). The FSM seems to think that the races can be removed with a brass drift, while the Haynes manual recommends having the races pressed (which I did last time, but press service is now over $80 for the races at Pep Boys). I know that most drums have provisions for removing races like reliefs in the race seat. Is this the case with the 5-bolt EEK drums/what's the best way to get the races out in a reasonable amount of time? I can't use that nifty welding trick, since I don't have a welder... It looks like you might even be able to get a harmonic balancer puller on the back of the outboard bearing from the cross-section in the manual, but the inboard one doesn't look so easy.
 

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As they say, the fee for repairs is $100- $1 for the hammer blow and $99 for knowing where to hit. Having had no success with a punch last time, where do you hit the races to get them out?
 

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I guess I'm not really following here... I scanned the diagram from my FSM and marked the spots I was going to try to hit with the arrows. There are little nubs, as you can see. I have no idea, however, how I am going to get that other race out... as you can see, there are no nubs. I think I'm thinking about this wrong... from what I understand, a drift tapers to a dull-ish point, and I don't imagine that it would be fine enough to get in that miniscule gap. I have a piece of thick-wall brass tube that I was going to use instead of buying a punch. I know I could get it on the back of the outer race, but I'm still stumped on the inner...
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