Originally Posted by jrs14855
You will probably want to polish the axle with emery until the bearings slide in place.
Well, FINALLY got the wheel off! Hitting the tire (or wheel) wasn't working since it would not "center" the impact. Hitting it just put it more in a bind.
Finally used two tie straps and a long, heavy, bucking bar to "pop" it off with equal force on both sides. (see pic). Wheel popped off after about 10 hard pops with the bar. Found the end of spindle (last 1") was binding on a high spot. After a LOT of emery cloth, finally got the high spot out of the spindle. Now bearing goes on and off with ease.