|note the band on the|
inside-left making it thicker
than original bus bearing
Bearing Bang On
About this time, T was messing around on his skateboard, so I asked him to hand me the pilot bearing I'd picked up earlier ('98-'02 Jetta/Golf/Beetle 1.8T bearing). Unlike the original bus bearing, this one delivers pre-packed with a yellow-ish grease. For the first few millimeters, it slid in, and then required some setting after that. I used a ratchet extension against the bearing and a lightly-tapping framing hammer, (following a figure-8 patterns) to slowly set the bearing flush with the flywheel. I did a quick time-check and had about 15 minutes left.
I grabbed the extra input-shaft I have lying around for my clutch alignment effort. I aligned the clutch/pressure plate such as they were when I removed them and loosely fingered in the bolts. Unlike the first time I did this 2 years ago, the input shaft slid in tightly. There was very little wiggle for the clutch, helping me understand how much wiggle there used to be without the pilot bearing. Everything held firm, and I finger-tightened the bolts. Following the jump-the-center torquing model, I first tightened with the socket in my fingers, then a short ratchet and finally my torque wrench (set to 18ppi).
After a quick tool put-away, wash-up and change, I headed south to collect C from soccer practice. I arrived as practice was ending. Perfect timing, and now we're one small step closer to having the bus in one piece again. That's it for today.