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Center Support Bearing and Driveshaft Support Replacement

I am in the process of replacing both flex disks and the center support/bearing assembly on my 2002 slk 320. If anyone has performed this repair, how did you get the new center support pressed over the bearing? I found a method online of using a 2 inch pipe to hammer the rubber support over the bearing but my u-joint moves around, prohibiting me from getting any leverage. I tried using soapy water to lube up the mating surfaces, but to no avail. At this point I am willing to buy a specialty tool. Any help is much appreciated.

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I am in the process of replacing both flex disks and the center support/bearing assembly on my 2002 slk 320. If anyone has performed this repair, how did you get the new center support pressed over the bearing? I found a method online of using a 2 inch pipe to hammer the rubber support over the bearing but my u-joint moves around, prohibiting me from getting any leverage. I tried using soapy water to lube up the mating surfaces, but to no avail. At this point I am willing to buy a specialty tool. Any help is much appreciated.

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Hi Mike,
@GaryLaird has done his recently, search his posts or wait for him to wake up, I'm sure he'll be along presently ('tis only 0530 this side of the pond).
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Not sure if this actually helped or if it was additional patience, but I placed the bearing for 4-5 hours in the freezer. I then used a hair dryer on the carrier support piece to warm it up. I then applied a bit of soapy water to the mating surfaces. When whacking the support over the bearing, it must be a very straight whack. I happened to hit it just right that it seated over the bearing. The 300 attempts before that resulted in the support wobbling over the bearing in one direction or another. I still don't know if there is a smarter way (other than a brand new driveshaft assembly) to put these together, but I lost several hours doing this step. The rest of the job is time consuming (on jack stands) but very doable.
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Hi,

This is no help to you at all now, but may help someone in the future ......................

When I did my V6 one in December I bought a Febi Bilstein Centre Bearing complete in the rubber mount and just fitted that to the Prop Shaft as a whole assembly, cheap enough and easy peasy.

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