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Quick question, cant get either caster fork out of the bearings

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by flydelsolsi, May 4, 2010.

  1. flydelsolsi

    flydelsolsi LawnSite Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 71

    Any good tips on how to get stuck caster forks out of their bearings? I tried:

    Fluid Film
    Liquid Wrench
    Rubber Mallet
    Prying with 2x4
    Prying with crowbar
    Hitting with sledge hammer

    Neither side will come out. I can get the top of the fork about 1/4" on each side above the bearing, but they wont go beyond.At this point I am planning to buy new forks and bearings, I just need to get these old ones out. Anyone else ever run across this problem? Thinking about cutting the fork in half and grinding away the rest to get it out, but dont know if there is a better way. Its on a BOP quick mower if that matters. Picked it up used and the previous owner obviously didnt property care or maintain the forks.

    FIXDISS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    Did you make sure there are no snap-rings holding it in there ?
  3. flydelsolsi

    flydelsolsi LawnSite Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 71

    Yes sir, they are supposed to just slide right out. I know he had it appart at some point because he lost one of the spacer washers. Sure doesnt want to come appart now though.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,442

    I missing something....with a sledge hammer and pin you can't drive the forks down out of those little bronze bearings?
  5. flydelsolsi

    flydelsolsi LawnSite Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 71

    Lol, nope. I took a grinder to it and got it taken care of though. Never seen anything like it.
  6. Spn38

    Spn38 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Here's a trick for a seized pin, spindle,etc... cut the pin flush with the end of the sleeve, weld the perfect size nut to the end of sleeve, and impact a bolt to push it through.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Universal gear puller.
  8. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335


    Sometimes it helps when you add some
    enthusiasm...wear safety glasses

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