The center bearing works to support the drive shaft as it spins underneath your car. It will be extremely difficult if you drive without a center bearing because the drive shaft might spin off and out of control. You can determine a bearing in poor condition if the rubber in it is worn out, or the bearing itself is already chipped or cracked.
This step-by-step guide will help you how to remove the center bearing properly and some techniques to ensure that a replacement is correctly installed. Please be aware that this procedure begins after you have already removed the drive shaft from your vehicle.
· Standard vice
· Bearing pliers
· Hollow driver
· New center bearing
Safety Advice: You must first put-on an eye wear before you start.
Step 1: With the bearing still attached, Secure the drive shaft to the vice.
Step 2: Remove the bracket and the rubber cushion of the bearing. You can slowly pull-out the rubber cushion using your hands, or you use any elongated tool like a screwdriver to pop itout.
Step 3: Use the bearing pliers and remove the center bearing. Set the fingers of the bearing pliers on the center bearing and tighten the screw to secure. If a bearing pliers is unavailable, aim the hollow driver on the bearing and strike the driver with the hammer. The center bearing should slide down. Make sure you do this carefully and do not hit the drive shaft.
Step 4: Take your new center bearing and apply grease in the middle.
Step 5: Secure the drive shaft back onto the vice and secure it.
Step 6: Fit the new center bearing around the drive shaft and secure it by aiming the hollow driver once again and driving the hammer onto the driver.
The entire process takes 30 minutes to complete or even faster for those car DIYers.