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Anyone out there an expert on ball bearings?  I discovered two 3/8 inch ball bearings in my transmission shifter gate are in less than stellar condition.  They are simple round ball bearings held against a detent by a coil spring.  I see they are available all over the place, but with different ratings and varying prices.  What should I be looking for as far as hardness and material?  Will stainless hold up, or should i stick with steel?  I just want something that will wear well and hold up under the pressure of constant shifting.  I know there is a lot of cheap Chinese junk on the market, so I'm searching for a good source.  All this over two little balls of steel!

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You should be able to buy new ones at any bearing supply shop. They are found in the industrial section of every city. If they are inside the trans, which is full of oil, rust is not a problem. So plain steel bearings should be fine. You don't need any special material just plain ball bearings. Every bearing shop keeps pails full of various size balls, the ones you need are about a dime apiece. Take the old ones along to be sure you get the right size.

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