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u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/21/2011, 12:55 am

So I have never personally had to change out a u joint and as simple as it seems, I was wondering if anyone had any pointers to make it go a little smoother. I have to change it out before next weekend, I don't think mine will be able to take the trip.

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Re: u joint question

Post by Nick@HappyTrails4x4 on 11/21/2011, 1:06 am

do you have access to a vice? or a press? or even a ball joint press?

if not, then a ball pien hammer, an old rotor or brick, and a couple old sockets can work
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Re: u joint question

Post by Guest on 11/21/2011, 8:52 am

I've used a large c-clamp and a couple sockets before. I've got 2 and a pitman arm pulled that might work also if you need to barrow it

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Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/21/2011, 9:34 am

All u need is a hammer and some vice grips. Maybe a bench vise to hold the shaft still.
Take your hammer and hit the shaft on the solid part as close to the joint as possible. Don't hit the small/thin ear part or the cap. As u hit it the cap will walk itself out. Once its far enough to grab the cap with the vice grips grab and spin it back n forth till it comes out. Then repeat for all four sides.
Can also be done on the floor u just have to hold the shaft still. I prefer the floor actually.

If it doesnt move try spraying the cap area with some type of rust penetrate or something like that.


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Re: u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/21/2011, 7:12 pm

thanks yall
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Re: u joint question

Post by 89WhiteXJ on 11/21/2011, 10:20 pm

I am doing my jeep rears tomorrow night. I have a vice so I plan to make as little noise as possible. Sucks working on the jeep at night.
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Re: u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/21/2011, 10:53 pm

I think I have a vice laying around my shop. I'm think I may do it Friday along with checking everything else out to be ready for saturday
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Re: u joint question

Post by DIRTY on 11/23/2011, 1:19 am

gimme a tooth pick some dental floss and a belly button ring ..... oh and a pair of tweezers !!!!!! done lol!
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Post by Guest on 11/23/2011, 4:42 pm

DIRTY wrote:gimme a tooth pick some dental floss and a belly button ring ..... oh and a pair of tweezers !!!!!! done lol!
You forgot the KY lol!

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Post by MudRaider on 11/23/2011, 8:39 pm

DIRTY wrote:gimme a tooth pick some dental floss and a belly button ring ..... oh and a pair of tweezers !!!!!! done lol!

Just call him "Dirty McGiver" Cool
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Post by DIRTY on 11/24/2011, 1:43 am

lol! lol!
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Re: u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 4:46 pm

So the bolts the mount my driveshaft to my rear diff and stuck or well at lreast my tiny as$ can gt them to budge losen.
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Post by Lil Pepè on 11/25/2011, 8:13 pm

piratex wrote:So the bolts the mount my driveshaft to my rear diff and stuck or well at lreast my tiny as$ can gt them to budge losen.
What side of town are you on?
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Re: u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 9:35 pm

I'm in arlington
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Re: u joint question

Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/25/2011, 11:00 pm

Try using a some pb blaster. Let it sit for a few minutes then take a 8mm wrench and put it on bolt then take another wrench n intwine them to get better leverage. O make sure u still have the transfer side installed and its in park or it'll spin on u.
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Re: u joint question

Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 11:04 pm

Tried that one. I've also tried using a breaker bar. I think I need to get it up higher off the ground to get even more leverage
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Re: u joint question

Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/25/2011, 11:09 pm

They shouldn't be that tight they're only 8mm bolts. Try heating up the metal around the bolt. If u can.
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Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 11:11 pm

And I have to use a size 17 wrench. I was able to get one off and it seems like there is lock tite on there
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Re: u joint question

Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/25/2011, 11:20 pm

Now I'm confused are u not talking about the u-joint cap bolts?
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Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 11:24 pm

No I'm talking about where my rear diff bolts to the drive shaft which is what actually allows the dropping of my driveshaft. But honestly I could prob get them loose if I was a lil bit bigger of a guy or had more leverage
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Re: u joint question

Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/25/2011, 11:26 pm

Makes more sense now. geek . Forgot u were not in a jeep. Did u try an impact gun?
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Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 11/25/2011, 11:28 pm

Another way is try pushing on the breaker bar with your foot. Legs tend to be stronger then arms.
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Post by piratex on 11/25/2011, 11:44 pm

I can't get an impact gun in there even with a swivel. And of course I tried using my feet. I've also tried using a hammer.
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