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So I have my front wheel off and remove the bearing from the right side using the threaded bolt and screwdriver technique in the goldwingdocs.com tutorial. The right side comes out...not problem. But... the left side is another issue.

When I tapped on the bearing it disintegrated. The front of the race came out and all the bearings as well. What I'm left with is the back side of the bearing race still stuck in the wheel hub and I cannot figure out how I'm gonna get the thing out.

I'm fixing to go outside and put some heat on it to see if somehow someway I can loosen it up and pry that thing, tap that thing, or somehow get it out. Problem is there isn't much of a lip or anywhere to get some leverage.

Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, similar experiences that they remedied somehow?

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Mark,

Do you have access to freon or liquid helium or CO2 in a can?

Heating up the hub and freezing the bearing race should allow it to be slipped out.

Same thing happened to my son's bike while I was riding on it a few years back. I forget how my mechanic said he got it out, but I think it was as I described above.

Even at that, you need a hammer and punch to make it come out.

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Heat should do it, heat the hub until it's too hot to touch and then hit the race with some ice. The aluminum hub should expand more than the steel race and loosen up a bit, by cooling the race with ice it will shrink faster than the aluminum hub due to the aluminum's greater mass.

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Would a propane torch generate enough heat? I talked to my shop and the mechanic said he would use a Dremel cutting wheel, cut the race in several spots, then pry the remaining parts of the race out of the hub.

Here is what I have on the left side of the wheel....



As you can see...all I have is the back part of the race. The rest of the bearing fell apart and left me with this.

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i think Paul may have the best solution for you.

Dremel tool and a very small diamond cutting disc/wheel.

Cut it in quarter or third size chunks and pick it out.

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But, i would try that small punch you have first. from the back side of the wheel and tap the race a bit at a time about a 1/2 inch apart points.

Patience. I know you have the punch, because I borrowed it to make that hole in my bike's filler neck.

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Same thing happened to mine , I took it to a shop and he found a round tool just a little smaller to put on it and punch it out with a hammer . Paid him 10.00
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I'd err on the side of caution and have a machinist do this - a new wheel will cost $$$.

I was in *exactly* this same position myself about a year ago and did the machine-shop route. Only after hacking at it with a Dremel.

The machinist at the shop said I should be glad I stopped when I did.



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I'd err on the side of caution and have a machinist do this - a new wheel will cost $$$.

I was in *exactly* this same position myself about a year ago and did the machine-shop route. Only after hacking at it with a Dremel.

The machinist at the shop said I should be glad I stopped when I did.

Interesting Rusty. What did the machinist do to get it out and what was the cost?

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Xtracho, if you have a Harbor Frieght close by they have a bearing puller for about $17.00. Just Goggle bearing pullers and it should come up.
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Xtracho, if you have a Harbor Frieght close by they have a bearing puller for about $17.00. Just Goggle bearing pullers and it should come up.
Thanks...I'll check it out.....don't think I have a Harbor nearby here, but wondering if another store or shop may have one? Auto shop maybe? One that would not charge me an arm and a leg to pull it out?

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