I have a 3/4 ton PU and I'm replacing U joints. The book says to use sockets and press the joint out of the yoke. The dang thing won't budge. I've used WD 40 and I'm afraid I'll bend my vise handle if I use any more force. Any ideas?
While you have the pressure on it in the vise, smack the vise with a BFH. The sudden shock will usually pop them loose. You do have a spacer on the other end right? And, you do have the c clips or retainers out too right?
[This message has been edited by 69454Malibu (edited 09-26-2001).]
Did you melt the teflon(?) lock out of it yet by heating it with a torch?
If not take a torch to the driveshaft where the ujoint cap is and heat it, you will see what looks similar to a pimple poping (there is a small hole this will come out of), once it's done coming out you should be able to drive them out.
Adams dead on. If it is a stock axle and U-joints, then you will need to heat it up with a torch and watch the green crap come out. It's more like a "snake" firework during the forth of july than a pimple.
And satnd clear, cuz there are some air pockets that make the stuff "pop" out and it stays very damn hot for a while.
I have stopped messing with them. There is a driveline shop about 1/4 mile up the road and they will replace both joints and make sure the shaft is straight for about $50 ......and that includes the U-joints ! Its not worth my time to do them.
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Thanks guys. I'm gonna get a quote from a drive line shop. Otherwise my friend says he sometimes has to press them out with his 20 ton press and he'll show me how. Those things make me nervous as hell though. if that socket slips out it could hit me in the stomach like a 12 guage slug.
I've had some bad ones before. I took the torch and blew the centre tee out of them so that I could pound each cap out seperately. The caps came out as easy as easy after that.
Another way is to set it on the vise with the caps (tee part) you're trying to remove going up and down and the other caps each resting on a jaw. The part you're trying to get the caps out of will then be between the jaws with a cap facing up. Then whack the joint right on the solid part just beside the hole for the cap. It should come apart. I hope this is clear enough.
Others are right. On a newer OE shaft it will have plastic crap holding the caps in.
$8 for U joints? Autozone sells them for $12 a piece! I need 3! I heated them up last night and they still did'nt budge. Anyway another friend of mine said to just get shag nasty on them and knock the holy snit out of them with a BFH.
I did and it worked...Thanks again
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