Pilot Bearing Replacement

The Ford 2.8, 2.9 and 4.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the flywheel.

  • P/N F33126
  • Bore=0.5933″
  • Outer Diameter=0.8268″
  • Width=0.591″

The 2.3 and 3.0 engines have the pilot bearing in the crank.

  • P/N FC65354
  • Bore=0.5901″
  • Outer Diameter=0.827″
  • Width=0.591″

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)

Having the right tool is key. Autozone has a blind hole puller set that you can buy or rent, Harbor Freight has a similar tool found HERE.

(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.

Another option:

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.