Center bearings (Fig. 46) are provided to
support the propeller shaft assembly and to smooth out
the power delivered to the rear axle assembly.
Loose center bearing assembly mounting bolts
should be tightened. Deteriorated or oil soaked center
bearing insulators should be replaced. These conditions
can cause excessive drive line vibration if not corrected.
BALL BEARING TYPE
The center bearing used on some vehicles
utilizes a ball bearing with the bearing housing enclosed
No lubrication for this center bearing is provided
as the bearing is filled with a waterproof grease for life of
Set parking brake.
(universal joint) at center bearing.
Remove companion flange nut, then remove the
Remove the center bearing bracket mounting
bolts and separate center bearing mounting
bracket with bearing from center bearing bracket
(on frame crossmember).
Remove center bearing assembly and both
slingers from stud shaft.
The center bearing is serviced as a complete
assembly, therefore separating the "U" shape
bracket from rubber cushion is not required.
The reassembly procedure is the reverse of the
disassembly procedure. Be sure to inspect the center
bearing bracket (on frame crossmember) for damage.
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