GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

Center Support Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



On vehicles covered by this information that are equipped with a two-piece rear driveshaft assembly, the center support bearing may be removed for replacement. To be sure if your driveshaft may be serviced, check with your local parts supplier or dealer for parts availability information.

  1. Matchmark and remove the rear driveshaft assembly. For details, please refer to the procedure located earlier in this section.
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  3. Remove the strap retaining the rubber cushion from the bearing support.
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  5. Pull the support bracket from the rubber cushion and the cushion from the bearing.
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  7. Press the bearing assembly from the halfshaft.
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To install:
  1. Assemble the center support bearing to the driveshaft:
    1. If removed, install the inner deflector onto the front shaft half and prick punch the deflector at 2 opposite points to make sure it is tight on the shaft.
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    3. Fill the space between the inner dust shield and bearing with lithium soap grease.
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    5. Start the bearing and slinger assembly straight onto the shaft journal. Support the shaft and using a length of pipe over the splined end of the shaft, press the bearing and inner slinger against the shoulder of the front shaft half.
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    7. Install the bearing retainer, the rubber cushion onto bearing, the bracket onto the cushion and the retaining strap.
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  3. Align and install the driveshaft assembly to the vehicle.
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