...well... ...speaking of 'suck'... the last thing anybody would want to do, is miss out on a "threve"!
^^^ ...it only made sense next to my other post... Chuck, yer too fast!
Would putting the part in the oven to heat it be safer than using a torch to heat it? When I start a wheel bearing job, the first thing I do is put the races in the freezer. Okay, that is the 2nd thing. The first is to inspect the All Balls package to make sure all six parts are present since there was a spate of packages missing one of the dust seals a few years ago. Maybe using an oven on the part you want to expand and setting the oven to maybe 300-400 F would work well.
item in oven.. set to 200... 10 minutes later 300.. ... aluminum is sensitive...
wife will allow a plastic bag of parts in the freezer.. but the oven.. "NO"
if interested... research the engine aluminum "piston"... was not easy to get there..
I still remember the first "HOLED" engine piston... over active carb tuner.. aka no idea what he was doing..
NOT MY PHOTO
from a messed up carburetor
YES, a water cooled motorcycle engine..
An oven is fine, the melting point of aluminum is 1200 deform temp is 600, personally I would just freeze the bearing then drive it in with an installer you can get them for 30 bucks.
Your only talking about an inference fit of about .002 the bearing will shrink .0015 at 0* so you will just be tapping it in.
I just changed the gears in my Chevelle along with all of the bearings and axle bearings, I only froze the bearing races and tapped them right in.
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