At dinner my fortune cookie reads , "If you don't fail now and again, it's a sign that your playing it safe"
I consider my options
- Put the trans in the oven and bake until the shafts come out, or clouds of smoking gear oil attract the fire company.
- Make up a jig and pull it out while hot.
- Give the heat guns another try.
I concentrate all the heat on the intermediate shaft. 260 degrees and still no give. I support the intermediate shaft by holding it in one hand with a set of gear puller jaws. I elevate the entire assembly off the bench and ,not wanting to play it too safe , give the back of the bell housing a few whacks with a rubber mallet. Finally it relents after a dozen or so soft blows.
I am relieved to see the intermediate bearing clearly looks and feels completely buggered. No doubt , This is the culprit!
All three front bearings show signs of disscoloration , but only the intermediate feels bad.