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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old November 17th, 2019, 11:50   #1
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Default Good bearing puller for rear wheel bearings?

Gotta get the original bearing off to replace the rusted out brake dust shield on an '03 Golf, did the other side with chisels a few months ago but would like to be a bit gentler. Any suggests for an affordable puller?
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Old November 17th, 2019, 11:53   #2
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Harbor freight? Or maybe rent from autozone or something like that

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Old November 17th, 2019, 19:14   #3
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Any gear puller to pull 90% of the bearing off.
The inner race of the inside half will still be on the stub.
Get a Dremel or cutoff wheel an score the inner race pretty good without going too far, use a sharp chisel and give it a couple of whacks and it splits the inner race.
Then just pull it off.
Put the new rear bearing assy on torque nut and your set.
Takes maybe an hour a side if you work slow .
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Old November 18th, 2019, 10:15   #4
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I second CSSTEVEJ.

Ive done 4 wbs like this. The 1st time i messed around trying to pull it with pullers. ended up destroying them by grinding them thin. I also wasted a ton of time.

1 hr is very conservative for them dremel method.
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Old November 19th, 2019, 19:23   #5
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I always warm only the inner race up with a propane torch so it is just hot to touch. Do not burn the grease or put flame on the bearing or make the metal turn blue or you have ruined the bearing. Slide the hub and bearing race on. If it stops before the bottom the nut will pull it down. Hammering bearings on is not a good thing as it can damage them. I use a cut off air tool instead of a dremel to cut the old race and then chisel.
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