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Bearing replacement - 48" deck

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I pulled the center arbor shaft out and what I see inside is different that (at least from what I remember) from my other 48" deck. On this one, in the arbor there are (of course) the upper and lower bearings. But between the two is a shaft almost connecting them. It's as if there is a single bearing all the way up the arbor tube.

How do I get these bearings out? I expected to be able to stick a long bolt in from the top, for instance, and angle it side ways so I could pound the bottom bearing down and out from the top, and do the opposite for the top one. But because of the shaft that fills in the space between the two bearings, it's smooth all the way down and there is no way to pound the old bearings out (no edge to tap on).

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The "shaft" between the bearing is a spacer. Use an old screwdriver to push it sideways, then push out the bearing using the center. The bearing may come apart, but then the spacer will drop out and you can get the race out. See instructions below:





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Before I replace the bearings I take a big gob of grease

on my finger and coat the inside of the tube,and I grease

the shaft enough to coat the inside if the spacers.

If you have grease Zerk's you wont need to get your finger

grease,but I would still grease the shaft.

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