Center support bearing removal and installation?

Tiny
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After examining my drive-train center support bearing it is literally about to fall out. I'm having a hard time finding out what size bearing I would need. Hoping maybe you could steer me in the right direction or shed some light on how to obtain that the best way to remove it and install it.
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Monday, November 18th, 2019 AT 6:13 PM

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Tiny
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Hello my name is Dave.

The bearing is available at most parts stores however it does require a shop press to remove and install onto the shaft itself. I have attach a illustration showing the process. If you remove the driveshaft and you don't have a shop press you should be able to take the driveshaft and the new bearing to a local shop to have them do that part of the procedure for you. I hope this helps you finish your repair and thank you for using 2CarPros!
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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 AT 4:08 AM
Tiny
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Understood my question is that there I have gone to the auto parts store and there are five or six different type or sizes. How do I determine what size is mine which one to get?
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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 AT 8:48 AM
Tiny
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Okay, sorry about that. The way I would go about it is to call the dealer and get the part number from them and tell them you can't buy it right now and ask them if you could get the part number so you'll know what to get when you're ready (sometimes they are reluctant to give you the number because sometimes people will call them just for the part number then use it to get the right part somewhere else lol). Then you can have the parts store cross reference the number for you.
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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 AT 3:39 AM
Tiny
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Awesome, love the way you think. I really appreciate it.
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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 AT 9:02 PM
Tiny
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Is there any way other than the dealership to find out what model of center support bearing is in my truck?
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Good evening,

what is the complete VIN number for the truck?

The dealer is not necessary at all.

Roy
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Awesome. Give me just a few I will go get it. Thank you
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Okay, you have a 1.57 inch bearing.

I attached the bearing from rock auto for you.

Roy
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thank you! I really appreciate it! Will a 12 ton press be suffice for that bearing press that bearing in and out.
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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I'm trying to get the old hanging bearing off the drive shaft. I'm having a problem with it. Is there a secret or a tool?
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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More than enough.

I just use an air hammer and they come right off.

Roy
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Oh okay, thanks.
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hi,

Here are the directions for removal and install of the two part drive shaft and the center support bearing. All attached pics correlate with the directions.

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2001 Chevy Truck C 1500 Truck 2WD V6-4.3L VIN W
Two Piece
Vehicle Transmission and Drivetrain Drive/Propeller Shafts, Bearings and Joints Drive/Propeller Shaft Service and Repair Procedures Two Piece
TWO PIECE
Propeller Shaft Replacement - Two Piece

Tools Required
- J 43218 Clamp Plier

Removal Procedure

Important: Observe and accurately reference mark all driveline components relative to the propeller shaft and axles before disassembly. These components include the propeller shafts, the drive axles, the pinion flanges, the output shafts, etc. All components must be reassembled in the exact relationship to each other as they were when removed. In addition, published specifications and torque values, as well as any measurements made prior to disassembly must be followed.

Pic 1

1. Raise the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
2. Reference mark the rear propeller shaft (3) to the rear axle pinion yoke (4).
3. Reference mark the front propeller shaft to the transmission or transfer case (slip yoke type) or to the transmission pinion yoke (universal joint type).

Pic 2

4. Remove the clamp (2) securing the boot (3) to the front propeller shaft stub shaft (4) and the rear propeller shaft slip yoke (1) by prying up the exposed end of the clamp (2) using a flat bladed tool (if applicable).

Pic 3

5. Remove the bolts (1) and the yoke retainers (2) from the rear axle pinion yoke (4).

Notice: When removing the propeller shaft, do not attempt to remove the shaft by pounding on the yoke ears or using a tool between the yoke and the universal joint. If the propeller shaft is removed by using such means, the injection joints may fracture and lead to premature failure of the joint.

6. Slide the rear propeller shaft forward in order to remove the propeller shaft from the rear axle pinion yoke.
7. Slide the rear propeller shaft rearward in order to disconnect the rear propeller shaft from the front propeller shaft stub shaft.
8. Remove the rear propeller shaft from the vehicle.
9. Remove the boot from the front propeller shaft stub shaft (if applicable).

Pic 4

10. Remove the center bearing support nuts (1).
11. Remove the center bearing support (2).

Pic 5

12. Remove the front propeller shaft by sliding the front propeller shaft rearward from the transmission or the transfer case (w/o RPO MW3 or M74).

Pic 6

13. Remove the bolts and the yoke retainers from the transmission pinion yoke (w/ RPO MW3 or M74).
14. Remove the front propeller shaft by disconnecting the front propeller shaft from the transmission pinion yoke (w/ RPO MW3 or M74).

Installation Procedure

pic 7

1. Install the front propeller shaft by sliding the front propeller shaft into the transmission or the transfer case (w/o RPO MW3 or M74).

Pic 8

2. Install the front propeller shaft to the transmission pinion yoke (w/ RPO MW3 or M74).

Important:
Align the reference marks made during removal.
Tighten the bolts until snug. Do not torque the bolts at this time.

3. Install the yoke retainers and the bolts (w/ RPO MW3 or M74).

Pic 9

4. Install the center bearing support (2).

Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

Pic 10

5. Install the center bearing support nuts.
Tighten the bearing support nuts to 40 Nm (30 ft. Lbs.).
6. Tighten the yoke retainer bolts (w/ RPO MW3 or M74).
Tighten the yoke retainer bolts to 25 Nm (19 ft. Lbs.).
7. Inspect the splines of the front propeller shaft stub shaft for a sufficient coating of grease. If the splines of the stub shaft does not have a sufficient coating of grease, lubricate the shaft with chassis grease (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent).
8. Install the boot (3) and two new clamps (2) onto the front propeller shaft stub shaft (4) (if applicable).
9. Install the rear propeller shaft slip yoke onto the front propeller shaft stub shaft.
Mate the missing tooth in the yoke with the bridged tooth on the splined shaft.
10. Install the rear propeller shaft onto the rear axle pinion yoke. Align the reference marks made during removal.

Pic 11

11. Install the yoke retainers (2) and the bolts (1).
Tighten the yoke retainer bolts to 25 Nm (19 ft. Lbs.).

Pic 12

12. Using the J 43218, crimp the boot clamps until the dimensions shown are obtained.
13. Lower the vehicle.

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Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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You are welcome.

Always glad to help.

Roy
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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When you say hanging bearing, I assume you are talking about the center support bearing of the driveshaft? I attached the process for this as you need a press to get it out.

If this is not what you mean, can you get pictures of what you are dealing with ad we can go from there. Thanks
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
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Hello, I'm Danny.

Just to be on the same page are you talking about the carrier bearing on a 2-piece driveshaft? I've attached a picture below of what they look like and circled in red. Let us know if this is what you're talking about and we'll go from there. Hope this helps and thanks for using 2CarPros.
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yes, that's it.
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Hi,

Were the directions above helpful? Were you able to get it apart?

Joe
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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My pickup started making a clunking so I went to replace the U-joints and do the carrier bearing while I was there I got it all apart put new U-joints in but for some reason I cannot get carrier bearing that will fit. I have purchased two different ones and spent a whole day trying to get them on but they are about 5mm to small. I have went to O'Reilly's and AutoZone and they checked every bearing they had for 2000 Chevrolet and GMC's two and four wheel drive, but the inside diameter is to small for my driveshaft. The biggest they have is 40mm inside diameter and mine is about 45mm? I cannot seem to find any answers online and nobody can help me so far. Any help or information would be appreciated.
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