How To Replace Pilot Bearings For Porsche 944 Turbo

If you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on a top of the range Porsche, there are a few ways you can keep your car in peak condition. Here is a short guide on how to change bearings for Porsche 944 Turbo.

Replacing your pilot bearings for Porsche 944 Turbo is an easy job and it does not require any mechanic experience. You may need to set aside an hour or so, depending on how quickly you are able to remove the existing pilot bearings. Whilst you are taking care of this job, it might be worth also thinking about undertaking a clutch removal. This is not to give you extra jobs to do, but you will need to remove the clutch to get to the pilot bearings, so that can be a job you can complete at the same time.

Getting Started

Before you get started there are a few things to take care of first. It is always best to get all the tools you need at the beginning. If you haven’t got the basic tools, then you might find yourself in a bit of a spot later. So, to start make sure you have:

  • Pilot bearings for Porsche 944 Turbo
  • Homemade slide hammer with nut and bolt
  • Socket to seat the bearing
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • Safety glasses
  • Torque wrench

The first thing to do before you get started is to freeze the pilot bearings. You should leave in the freezer overnight as freezing them helps them to contract, thus easier to insert.

Remove The Pressure Plate

Right, so you have your frozen pilot bearings, you are ready to start. Once you raise the hood you will be able to see the bearings you want to remove through an opening in the clutch, but you won’t be able to get at them. So, you need to remove the clutch and the pressure plate. Details of how to do this are in a separate FAQ sheet.  

Expose The Flywheel

Once you have access to the flywheel you will see the pilot bearing in the middle of it. The crankshaft and the torque shaft are supported by this bearing. The flywheel can stay in place whilst you replace the bearing.

How To Make The Slide Hammer

It is easy to make the slide hammer that you will need to remove the bearing. You need to find a nut or a long bolt with a head and this needs to be small enough to fit inside the opening where the pilot bearing is housed. Make sure the bolt is long enough to allow you to slide vice grips or a box wrench down it. You will then need to use the slide hammer to remove the bearing.

Getting The Bearing Out

Once you insert the bolt into the aperture you should hold it against the inside of the pilot bearing. The torque wrench or vise grips can then slide down to pull on the bearing to remove it. This may take a bit of time as the bearing needs to come out evenly, so it does not sheer off. Therefore, a bit of re-

Insert The New Pilot Bearing

Get a socket with the same outside diameter as the replacement pilot bearing and tap it very gently and evenly into the opening. The pilot bearing should not be oiled. The new pilot bearing should sit flush to the mounting surface. To finish, reinstall the clutch.