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Old 08-21-2018, 01:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: Axle seal and bearing on '51 Merc

The Dana 44 is pretty common design when it comes to axles. They are a floating type so the bearing flange just unbolts from the brake backing plate end. If the axle has been in there a while, it might take a slide hammer to pop it back out. The bearing locking collars are usually removed with a chisel. A person should have access to a press for bearing removal unless it's welded itself on from overheating. In worst case, a cutting torch has to be used carefully on that type of removal. A driver pipe of the right diameter & length can be used for installation of new parts.

The OEM part number for the bearing is 8M-1225-B and the retaining ring is 8M-1180. Some sell the two parts as a set and some don't.
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