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Pilot Bearing Replacement
The Ford 2.8, 2.9 and 4.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the flywheel.
The 2.3 and 3.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the crank.
When replacing either, you need to remove the transmission from the vehicle.
Removal From 2.3 And 3.0 Engines:
To remove the pilot bearing from the Ford 2.3 and 3.0 engines:
(Ford 2.3 and 3.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the crank)
(blind hole puller - Use for 2.3l with the bearing in the crankshaft)
(Some parts stores may also carry a pilot bearing tool similar to this)
Removal From 2.8, 2.9 And 4.0 Engines:
To remove the pilot bearing from the Ford 2.8, 2.9 and 4.0 engines:
(Ford 2.8, 2.9 and 4.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the flywheel)
Harbor Freight has a pilot bearing removal tool better suited to removing pilot bearings from the flywheel.
Put the flywheel on two wood blocks and tap the bearing out with a socket and a light hammer (no bigger than a standard claw hammer) from the backside of the flywheel. Use the largest size socket that is smaller than the bearing 's outer diameter.