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Pilot Bearing quick fix

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:31 pm
by Chuck W.
As I was inspecting parts on the mule project I am working on, I noticed that the pilot bearing was badly worn and cracked. I pressed the bronze bushing out of the carrier so I could get come measurements.
I looked at the McMaster-Carr on-line catalog and found a listing for an oil-embedded bronze sleeve bearing with an ID of 5/8" and an OD of 13/16" that was 1 " long. MC part number is 6391K255, price is $3.72. I lightly polished the OD with some fine emery paper, and the bearing easily pressed into the carrier. I did have to face off the extra length and lightly bore the ID.
Finished product! For less than $4.00 and about 20 minutes of time, I have a new pilot bearing!

Re: Pilot Bearing quick fix

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:02 am
by ltsimp
Well done. Having a lathe sure does come in handy sometimes.

Re: Pilot Bearing quick fix

Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 10:18 pm
by Auto Shop teacher
Looks great Chuck, thanks for sharing the tip.