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Trans front bearing replacement

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    On a 60-V with overdrive is it possible to replace the front input shaft bearing without disassembling the mainshaft assy? I have volunteered to help a friend. He has a strong noise from the rear of the engine that varies while idling & becomes very strong with added RPM's in neutral. I am hoping its just the front bearing in the trans & not something more serious in the engine.

    We will pull the trans later this week, start the engine & see if the noise has gone (hopefully) or if its still there, there is engine damage to make sure what the area the noise is from.
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    A bad front bearing is noisy in low and second gear when driving, and somewhat less noisy in high gear - yes, it is still turning, but with no side thrust. From what you describe I am not sure I would blame the front transmission bearing. But yes, there is a puller tool that clamps in the bearing snap ring groove and pulls the bearing off the main drive gear. However, if indeed the bearing has gone bad, I would advise dis-assembling the entire transmission and cleaning all the tiny metal flakes that would now be throughout your transmission.