ES300 Seized Halfshaft Carrier Bearing: Scotty, Love your channel! Been a Lexus fan for years, do…

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ES300 Seized Halfshaft Carrier Bearing:

Scotty, Love your channel! Been a Lexus fan for years, do all my own work, and have always had good luck.  Until now.  We've got a 1999 ES300 with 300k and it has been wonderful.  But it needed a boot on the passenger halfshaft.  I bet you know where this is going, but I haven't heard it spoken of yet:  The carrier bearing is seized badly into the motor mount.  Seems to be a common issue with Camry/ES.  

I've soaked it in PB Blaster, hit the bearing housing with a pneumatic impact hammer, then wailed away with a 5lb slide-hammer and CV-puller attachment solidly connected right at the bearing.  It didn't budge.  I've tried every non-destructive thing I can think of.  

What I have not tried is punching out the bearing from behind with a punch and a sledge, because if unsuccessful the bearing would certainly be damaged and the car grounded.  In the end I gave up and bought a pneumatic flex-boot tool and installed a flex-boot in place.  One day that shaft will need replaced though, and I'm not giving up on this war horse just for that. 

If you Google "Toyota Lexus Passenger Axle" the very first Youtube hit is a guy with a plasma cutter.  I don't want to go there, but would neither like to remove the motor mount, which on my 2000 appears insanely difficult and require pulling the (rusty) exhaust. Thanks for any possible hints or suggestions!