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Old 03-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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How To: Change Carrier Bearing

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How To Change your Carrier Bearing

Project Description
Changing a bad carrier bearing on your drive shaft.

Skill Level
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Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado Crew Cab Z85 W/O G80
Year: 2008
Engine: 3.7L
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No

Tools Needed
11mm Wrench or Socket & Ratchet
5/16" Wrench or Socket & Ratchet
19mm Wrench or Socket & Ratchet
15/16" Socket & Ratchet or Impact
Catch Pan
Small Prybar
Hammer
Razor Knife
Grease
Jack & Jack Stands


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1.5 - 2 Hours

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For GM Part # 89040334, $121.41 (counting local taxes at dealership), Verify for your application prior to ordering this part number. It can be found cheaper on-line, if you have time to wait, local dealership had it here next day.

Here you can see the rubber on the carrier bearing is torn





First thing First always chock your front wheels prior to working under your truck.
Next thing you'll want to do is mark your drive shafts and u-joints for index (a plain old sharpie should work for this) so that when you re-assemble everything it goes back together exactly the way it came apart, sorry I didn''t get a pic of this, but it's pretty simple to do and understand.

Next you'll want to put the truck into neutral and jack the rear wheels off of the ground and support the truck with jackstands.

Now to start disassembly...

Start by unbolting the bearing caps at the rear differential, 11 mm wrench or socket for this; you may have to rotate the drive shaft to get to all 4 of the bolts, this is why we put the truck in neutral and lifted the rear wheels.



Next remove the bearing caps at the center u-joint, 5/16" wrench or socket, again rotate drive shaft as needed to get to all 4 bolts.



Now remove the rear shaft from the truck, it's a good idea to tape the u-joints to keep the bearing caps from coming off and the needle bearings from falling out. You may have to use a small prybar to get the rear of the shaft out of the yoke and then the front will just come right out.





Next loosen the 15/16" nut holding the rear yoke to the front section of the drive shaft, I found this easier to do with the front shaft still in the truck and the truck shifted back into park for the moment.

Here you can see I've already loosened the nut...



Next remove the Carrier Bearing mounting bolts 19mm (note: my cross member and mounting pad will be different from yours, due to my carrier bearing being relocated for my lift) socket and ratchet/impact work best.



Now put a catch pan under the tail of the transmission to catch any thing that may spill out when you pull the drive shaft out.



Remove the front drive shaft.



Next remove the rear yoke from the front drive shaft, a couple of taps from a hammer was all it took to break it free, just remember to work around the shaft to get the yoke off straight instead of at an angle and scar the shaft.







To make removing the old carrier bearing I cut the remaing rubber to remove the mount from the bearing.

I don't have a picture of this, but it is self explanitory.

Next I removed the bearing from the shaft, I've been told there are several ways to do this from cutting it off with a grinder and cutting wheel (I didn't want to do this and chance scaring the shaft) If you have access to a press you may be abloe to press it off, but I elected to just use the trusty old hammer. Again work around the bearing being careful not to damage the dust cap, I did manage to knick it once with the hammer and was able to straighten it back out with some pliers after getting the bearing off.

Now that you have it all apart you should be looking at this...



Note the dust shield I was refering to still on the drive shaft and the matching one still on the yoke.

Now to re-assemble...

Here's a comparison of the what's left of the old carrier bearing and the new one.



Make sure and thouroughly grease the inside of the new carrier bearing and the shaft prior to assembly, after putting everything together I was only able to get about 1 thread of the nut onto the threads, so I used a socket large enough to go over the threads and tapped it with a hammer to seat the yoke down a little farther, now I was able to get a couple of thread onto the shaft and used my impact to seat the yoke the rest of the way.



Now put the front shaft back in the truck and start the bolts back into the carrier bearing.




Now re-install the rear shaft and tighten up all of the bolts, making note of the alignment marks you made prior to pulling everything apart.



Now clean up your mess and you're done.
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Nice job man. Thanks
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

What causes the carrier bearing to go bad.
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What causes the carrier bearing to go bad.
As with any other bearing, its wear... Metal to metal surfaces, no matter the lubrication or use will eventually wear, especially if seals are in poor condition combined with road salt and dirt.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

Excellent write up!

I guess I might as well do mine when I drop the driveshaft to install a new the seal on the transmission tail housing.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

you are a life saver.. ive been wondering how to do this for a year and a half now.. lol .. i need to also make a bracket like you have for your carrier bearing for you lift as well mines jacked!!! there is absolutely no rubber left on my C/bearing.
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What causes the carrier bearing to go bad.
My bearing it's self was perfectly fine, it was the rubber around it that went bad on mine, causing the drive shaft to flop around in the middle instead of staying straight.

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you are a life saver.. ive been wondering how to do this for a year and a half now.. lol .. i need to also make a bracket like you have for your carrier bearing for you lift as well mines jacked!!! there is absolutely no rubber left on my C/bearing.
Glad I could help, everyone here has always been so much help, it's nice to be able to help others in return.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

Nice writeup and photos. Thanks!
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do we have this bearing on reg cab ?
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Shouldn't, only on ex-cab and crew 2wd.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

I replaced mine and then 2 months later the rubber part start to rip i don't know if that's normal.
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I hope they last longer than that, this'll get old if they only last 2 months.

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I replaced mine and then 2 months later the rubber part start to rip i don't know if that's normal.
No...thats not normal!

Mine has over 80k on the original one..........but I'm going to do when I have everything apart.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

I am gonna go ahead and order the part off gmparts direct. can be had for $65.

What i need to know is this..my driveshaft does NOT rattle at all, yet there is almost no rubber around this at all. Will it be ok for me to run teh truck, even worse, go wheeling this weekend since there is no noise or wobble? I didnt even know there was a problem till i got under there and did the rear end fluid and the trans filter change. just happended to look at it out of the corner of my eye and saw it was pretty bad. She drives just fine as she is..

Also like jeremy i ordered the tail shaft seal. Seems mine after 117k is finally starting to leak. Not even enough to drip..just gettin the tail shaft that wet looking dark color. But hey since I will be under there anyway may as well do it.
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

Aired my truck up too much and it ripped what ever was left of my carrier bearing. While parked.

After a day of driving, the excess play from the drive shaft caused the rear seal to leak. Nothing major but if you're carrier bearing is fucked, chances are you've damaged the tail shaft seal, and it takes a few minutes to replace, and its only $8.
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I think , if it down that far, change or grease the joints. I don't see any grease fittings in the pix ... nice pix and I see you marked the shaft .
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Re: How To: Change Carrier Bearing

Thought I'd throw this in there, it wouldve been a lot better if you have the torque specs. But helped me change mines, thanks.
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anyone got the gm part num for tail shaft?
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awesome write up and pics! mine i think is ready to shit the bed, this will def help in the part change
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