Is it possible to remove a bearing without a bearing removal tool without damaging it?
Yes it is but you need to have a soft touch and patience.
You can use pliers and gently grip and wiggle the bearing. Be patient and don’t rush.
You can also use the end of a drill bit. Insert the end of the bit that usually goes in the drill. I think 1/4" bit will work, into the center of the bearing. If not just try a few and see what fits. Wiggle the bearing off!
Ok thanks I will try that.
Try putting a piece of cloth over the bearing before using your pliers if you’re worried about scratching the bearing. I’ve personally had no problems though with just using pliers.
This is what skitrz was referring to for anyone who might need clarification: