Removing the rear bearing the easy way.
So, welcome to the video number 8 in the Whirlpool Frontloadbearings series. So, what I’ve done here is put the rear of the tank on top of a painter’s bucket. If you don’t have one of those, any kind of bucket will do as long as it’s strong enough to hold the weight. You can get them at Home Depot for about 3 bucks. Anyways, get it set up like this and make sure it’s on firmly.
Alright, so the first bearing we’re gonna remove is the rear bearing. And just so you know, the front bearings which are on the inside come out this way and the rear bearings come out through the back. One of the things you gotta have is a heavy enough hammer. This one is just a two pound sledge. If you don’t have one of these, again Harbor Freight. I think they’re about 6 bucks.
You also need something that’s long enough that you can go through the first bearing and get up against the rear bearing. Now, this is an old tire spanner, I guess you would call it. If you go over to Home Depot, if you don’t have anything like a socket on an extension or something go to Home Depot. You can get a piece of gas pipe that they sell in lengths. Anything one foot or two foot or three foot with around the same diameter would cost you a buck or so, and you can use that as well. So, we’re gonna go through here… now I’ve rested it on the outer bearing and all I’m gonna do is just knock it through. Move it around from side to side so you’re going 180 degrees that way, 180 degrees this way. That way, the bearing will come out straight and not try and tilt as it’s coming out. And there it goes! It’s out! I didn’t have to use a lot of effort or a lot of swinging. So, it’s a piece of cake.
Next, we are gonna do the inner bearing and take that out. Now, you don’t have to take this seal out because all you’re gonna do is turn this upside down, and then we’re gonna knock it through and the old seal will go with it. So, we don’t have to get in there with a screwdriver and start digging this thing out and risk screwing up the sides of the plastic where the seal sits. Alright, next video, see you in a bit. Cheers!