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Re: bearing replacement for pilot bushing?
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It's a needle bearing that comes from the factory? I was thinking that the factory calls for a bushing. Which is best? If the bearing falls apart, wouldn't the bushing be better?
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The hole in the end of the crankshaft is fairly large to fit the snout of a torque converter. So to fill that hole, there is a large cast iron bushing with a needle bearing pressed in. That is why I refer to it as a bushing / bearing. (Some older vehicles used a plain brass bushing).
The bearing is superior to a plain bushing, it's a matter of an anti-friction (roller) bearing vs friction (plain) bearing. Anytime the clutch is pressed in, the input shaft and crankshaft are turning at different speeds, the pilot bearing allows that speed difference.
The needle bearings are fragile simply because the walls are a thinwall design, and rely on the housing they are pressed into for strength. Once properly pressed into that housing, they are very durable.
I spent a few years in the bearing business and processed hundreds of thousands of the buggers from ones smaller than your pinkie nail to ones taller than you and me. So I know more than I care to on the subject.
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