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How to Remove a Silverado Carrier Bearing

by Russell Wood

The carrier bearing on a Chevrolet Silverado is used on extended cab and crew-cab models to support the two-piece driveline that connects the transmission to the rear axle. This bearing can wear down over time, causing an imbalance in the driveline that could eventually cause the driveline to fail completely. To fix the problem, you first have to remove the carrier bearing from the vehicle to replace it. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, but the process is similar for other years of Silverados.

Park the Silverado on a level surface. Place wheel chocks around the front wheels. Lift the rear of the truck with the jack and put jack stands beneath the frame and axle to support the weight of the truck. Lower the jack so the truck is on the stands completely. Put the drain pan beneath the transmission.

Unbolt the straps holding the driveline to the rear axle. Use the pry bar to take the driveline out of the rear axle.

Unbolt the carrier bearing from the driveline using an open-end wrench. The carrier is located in the middle of the frame and goes around the driveline.

Carefully lower the driveline and carrier bearing away from the frame, then pull the driveline out of the transmission.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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