How to Remove Motorcycle Wheel Bearings

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Wheel bearings on motorcycles and other vehicles are attached to the wheel hub. Bearings give hubs the ability to move around the spindle within. Given their heavy use, bearings occasionally need to be removed for cleaning, maintenance or replacement. You can do the job yourself in a few steps.


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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Bearing removal kit

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  1. 1

    Remove the wheel from the mount on the motorcycle and lay it down on a table in front of you. The seal and wheel bearing should face up.

  2. 2

    Wedge the tip of the screwdriver underneath the seal above the bearing and pry the seal up. You might need to move the screwdriver around the seal to get it out.

  3. 3

    Choose the collet from the bearing removal kit that is just a bit smaller than the inside diameter of the bearing. Insert the end of the collet into the bearing.

  4. 4

    Hand-tighten the collet nut to make the mechanism expand within the bearing until it fits very tightly. Attach the collet hammer from the kit to the top of the collet.

  5. 5

    Grasp the top handle of the hammer. With your free hand, swiftly pull the sliding collar around the hammer up until it reaches the top handle. Do this as many times as you have to until the collet pulls the bearing out of the wheel.

Tips and warnings

  • If your wheel has a spacer above the seal and bearing, you can remove it first in the same way that you remove the bearing.
  • Do not ride on a faulty bearing for any length of time. It could result in serious injuries.

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