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Chuck wobble makes it difficult to drill straight holes or drive screws correctly. When the chuck becomes warped or develops a wobble, it might be necessary to replace it with a new chuck.
This article will show you how to replace the chuck on your cordless Bosch drill.
Before Replacing Your Chuck, Check the Spindle
Before replacing a cordless Bosch drill chuck, inspect the chuck spindle once you remove the chuck from the drill.
Debris on the spindle thread can cause wobble. Cleaning the spindle thread or tightening the securing screw is often enough to rectify the problem.
If you do find it necessary to replace the drill chuck, however, they are available from Bosch, as well as many home improvement centers. Replacing a cordless Bosch drill chuck is similar to most any other type of drill.
Tools and Materials Needed
Here are the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project:
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- 1/2-inch hex key
- Replacement chuck (1/2-inch or 3/8-inch, depending on model)
How to Replace the Chuck on a Cordless Bosch Drill
Here's how to replace the chuck on your cordless Bosch drill:
- Remove the battery from the drill. Depending on the model you own, the battery either has two tabs on the side or a release button on the back of the battery pack. Press the side tabs toward the battery with your fingers, and pull the battery straight out of the drill. If you have the release tab on the rear, press the tab and slide the battery away from the drill.
- Rotate the clutch sleeve past the numbers to the symbol that resembles a drill bit. This position locks the clutch. During operation, this is the position you want the clutch in when you are doing heavy drilling or driving long screws.
- Hold the drill in one hand and rotate the chuck sleeve counterclockwise with your free hand. This opens the chuck jaws. Remove the bit if there is one currently in the chuck. Open the jaws fully and look inside the chuck. There is a small screw at the back of the chuck.
- Turn the screw clockwise with a Phillips-head screwdriver and remove the screw from the chuck. (Note: The screw is a reverse thread to prevent it from unscrewing during operation.)
- Insert the short end of a 1/2-inch hex key into the chuck, and tighten the jaws just as you would when you install a drill bit. Hold the drill on its side on a workbench or table with the chuck hanging over the ledge.
- Tap the long end of the hex wrench with a mallet to rotate the chuck counterclockwise. This might take one or two solid taps to start the chuck rotating. Once the chuck rotates, unscrew the chuck from the drill by hand.
- Wipe the spindle head on the drill with a clean rag. The threads must be clean before threading on a new chuck.
- Thread the new chuck onto the chuck spindle in a clockwise direction with your hands. Insert the short end of the hex key into the new chuck and tighten the jaws. Give the long end of the hex key a sharp tap with a mallet or hammer to turn the chuck clockwise.
- Open the chuck jaws fully and release the hex key. Install the screw into the inside center bottom of the chuck and tighten it with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Remember, it is a reverse thread screw. So you must turn it counterclockwise to install and tighten.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Ron on October 29, 2018:
Put the drill in plastic bag and leave it in the freezer for 24hrs as things freeze they shrink so holes get larger shafts will also shrink, this may resolve the problem. Have removed bearings of shafts with this method
William Campbell on January 02, 2018:
The problem I have is the chuck is jammed open and I can't close it !
John on July 13, 2017:
Don't know what the screw in the chuck is, but Phillips, slot, nor Torx works in the Bosch 18V drill that I have. Will replace the entire assembly
Sam Keenon on April 15, 2017:
I have been hammering on the hex key all day. No joy. Tried my cure all WD40. No joy. Three heat gun. Still no joy. The left had screw came out of the shaft quite easily. I'm baffled.
crochet48 on June 01, 2011:
Very understandable, Ken. I think I could carry this operation out myself!