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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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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.

Cheers Dave
 

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Heat the bearing in the oven for a short time on 200 Degrees or less to warm up (expand the bearing diameter). Cool the end of the shaft in a ice chest (contract the shaft). Slip the bearing on by hand . No problem. Then press the center bearing support on the bearing after the bearing and shaft assy have been ice down for 30 minutes or so. Temperature differential does the work for you.
 
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