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Old 02-18-2019, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Rear Hub Grease Seal Removal Tool

OK...We have a couple of tools that will let us install the Rear Hub Grease Seal...But do we have a decent tool that will let us remove the seal effecently?

I spent about an hour trying and figuring out a way to remove the seal...Got one, got 6 to go and they seem to be a B%$#@!

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Old 02-18-2019, 06:20 PM   #2
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Lay a piece of plywood on a concrete floor. Hold the drum with seal side down at belly button height and let her drop evenly to the plywood- the sudden impact of the bearing should knock it loose. Repeat if necessary.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:30 PM   #3
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Steve here are photos of a tool for split rims that I use to remove rear axle seals. I put the drum in a vice and pry the seal out.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:44 PM   #4
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I do what ursus suggest. If the drum is coming off anyway which most of the time it is anyway for new drums, I go outside and drop on the cement. For sure if you drop on cement you want to do outside, it is loud. (: Don't forget to take the lock ring out first!
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:38 PM   #5
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Steve here are photos of a tool for split rims that I use to remove rear axle seals. I put the drum in a vice and pry the seal out.
I was at Harbor Freight yesterday and saw a tire tool that was shaped like your tool pictured.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:47 PM   #6
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The attached photo was posted on fordbarn a couple years ago by someone else. What you do is cut off the tapered end of an old axle about six inches long. Slip into the drum and use is as a pedestal to pry against.


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Old 02-19-2019, 12:12 AM   #7
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The dropping technique works. I slam it down on a towel laid on the the concrete shop floor. Few slams does it. The towel cushions the edges enough to avoid damage to the drum.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:34 AM   #8
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The attached photo was posted on fordbarn a couple years ago by someone else. What you do is cut off the tapered end of an old axle about six inches long. Slip into the drum and use is as a pedestal to pry against.


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X2 on Tomís method. Any cylindrical piece will work... Iíve used a piece of wooden dowel, you just need a base for the fulcrum for your prying.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:31 AM   #9
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I use a KR Wilson BV81 hub seal/bearing remover tool. There are no current reproductions made. I've thought about reproducing it as it has been incredibly handy throughout the years. There was one for passenger car and light truck and another 3 legged one for large truck.

In lieu of the KRW tool I like Tom's pry suggestion best. I've seen many bearings ruined by folks who pry on the upper bearing cage. some put screws into the seal and use a puller or pry as well. some seals come easy, some hard. I find that sometimes some of the repro seals are to large on the OD and need to be surfaced down for a better fit. For the installer tool for the seal Jeff at Brattons attended one of my KR wilson seminars back in 2014 and he now has a new version for sale.
I believe they still have them available

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Old 02-27-2019, 01:31 AM   #10
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The attached photo was posted on fordbarn a couple years ago by someone else. What you do is cut off the tapered end of an old axle about six inches long. Slip into the drum and use is as a pedestal to pry against.


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I have used the Tom Endy method for years , works good.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:28 PM   #11
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Thanks guys...got them out...been snowed in but I had a tool I forgot about in my NH3 days in a tool box...It worked along with a nice fat washer.

Great ideas!

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