U-joints

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U-joints

Post by scotth510 » 18 May 2004 16:14

I'm in the process of replacing all the u-joints on my halfshafts. I thought I could use my vise and a couple of sockets to remove them, but my vise won't open far enough. What I'm looking for is some ideas on how I can do this without having to buy a vise that opens more. So, anyone with an idea or tips to make this happen please feel free to post.
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Post by dynobones » 18 May 2004 18:43

If you are gentle and accurate you can do it by hand, with a soft mallet, support the shaft in mid-air and a few wallops will push the cap out, then grab it with vise grips and twist out the cap, just make sure you dont hit the yokes as they will bend and you'll end up going through u-joints at an alarming rate. I am sure someone will blast me for suggesting this method, but it works for me!
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Post by datsunfreak » 18 May 2004 21:06

I've done it the way dynobones suggest, albeit on the floor. Just put a big 1" socket under the joint (so the cap has a place to go) and drive it out with a soft hammer.

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Post by scotth510 » 19 May 2004 15:23

Well, u-joints are changed. My girlfriends dad was a big help. Thanks for the tips guys.
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Post by Byron510 » 19 May 2004 16:43

Just got to the thread. A little late, but if anyone has access to an arbor press, it's the best tool for the job (combined with a few sockets) Second best is an average bench vice that can open up to 6 inches.
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Post by scotth510 » 20 May 2004 09:21

Hey Byron, we used the vise method you are talking about. It worked awesome, we had all four changed in about an hour. Hopefully this will help someone in the future.
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Post by Ratsun » 20 May 2004 22:39

Shit what do you guy's need a vice for all you need is a block of wood and a rock ( I have done this more than once in the middle of no where boy do i miss 4x4 ing)

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Post by dynobones » 23 May 2004 05:40

you need a rock man? No rock use head!
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Post by Ratsun » 23 May 2004 11:44

you got to use what you have when you are stranded.

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Re: U-joints

Post by jhughes26 » 27 Apr 2009 13:27

i am also replacing my u joints but have not had any luck so far, i was having difficulty getting the old ones out using the vise, so i rented a puller, which is basically a vise with 3 adjustable arms and can be hooked up to a socket setting. anyway i got everything out fairly easily.

i am now having trouble putting the new ones in. i can get them both on alright but the trouble comes when i am putting on the snap rings. i can get one on, but i can't seem to get it tight enough to put both on at once, i get the feeling that i am pushing too hard and that something will break. what am i doing wrong?

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Post by hang_510 » 27 Apr 2009 14:33

jhughes26 wrote: but i can't seem to get it tight enough to put both on at once, i get the feeling that i am pushing too hard and that something will break. what am i doing wrong?
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Re: U-joints

Post by Yellowcar » 27 Apr 2009 20:51

Did one of your rollers fall over when you were installing the cap?
It's happened to me before...

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Re: U-joints

Post by chuck » 21 Jul 2009 12:12

hi i have a 72 510 and trying to change the u joint on the half shaft. haveing trouble finding the right ones to fit can get all three points in with the clips but cant the one side in. does anyone have any ideas or what one i need to get if you have a part number that would help great thanks.

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