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Old 05-28-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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U joint press

Need to do u joints and can't afford a brand new one. Anyone have an old used set I can buy?

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Old 05-28-2014, 10:08 PM   #2
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If you just need the tool, most auto parts stores will loan you the tool for free. You just leave a deposit that you get back when you return the tool.

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Old 05-29-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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I never needed a press for the u-joints. A big hammer and socket usually does the trick.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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Thank you guys. I'm going to try the c clamp to press the new ones in and hammer the old ones out. Any tips on the job or anything I may come across?
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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You can get a ball joint press from "Harbor Break" for ~$50... It's not up to actually changing ball joints, but it works fine for u-joints.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:44 PM   #6
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You can get a ball joint press from "Harbor Break" for ~$50... It's not up to actually changing ball joints, but it works fine for u-joints.
I'll have to look into that. Thank you
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:40 AM   #7
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And some of the off road magazines (4wheel and Off Road, Peterson's, etc) have that 20% coupon for Harbor Freight stuff so you can use that towards the purchase.
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I have a large vice on my bench I use for doing u-joints that was my grandpa's. Thing is over 100 years old now. Anyway, that and a couple sockets always gets the job done. You can do it with a big hammer in a pinch, but just be careful, it's easy to knock those needle bearings loose, and they are a bitch to pick up off of a floor.
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I have a large vice on my bench I use for doing u-joints that was my grandpa's. Thing is over 100 years old now. Anyway, that and a couple sockets always gets the job done. You can do it with a big hammer in a pinch, but just be careful, it's easy to knock those needle bearings loose, and they are a bitch to pick up off of a floor.
I did that on my first attempt about 12 years ago. What a PITA that was LOL. Since then I always shove a bit of grease on the needle bearings so they stick in the cap and not fall out. Another trick is to move the u-joint up into the cap, about halfway, and then start tapping it in. The stud of the u-joint will be in there to hold the bearings in.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:48 AM   #10
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Ok so along with the u joints I need to do axle shaft seals. Can't find them at any parts stores. I called the dealership and they asked if my rubi has a regular Dana 44 or a heavy duty one. And he also said it's the same seal for driver and passenger side. I thought they were different seals? And my axle is stock. Is it heavy duty or regular? Or is he an idiot?
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:58 AM   #11
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I thought I needed one of each of these. The big one for the driver side. And the small for the passenger (which is the one leaking). But I was going to do both
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:45 PM   #12
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Never mind. I figured it out
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:28 PM   #13
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Another trick is to move the u-joint up into the cap, about halfway, and then start tapping it in. The stud of the u-joint will be in there to hold the bearings in.
But what sucks is when you lose grip on the shaft and the needles fall out with the stud.

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:38 PM   #14
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But what sucks is when you lose grip on the shaft and the needles fall out with the stud.
What's really nice is when you pull the old ones off and the grease had turned to dust. Literally red dust...
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What's really nice is when you pull the old ones off and the grease had turned to dust. Literally red dust...
That's how mine are right now on the TJ. The seals are blown to pieces and all I can see is red dust coming out. Replacing them tomorrow along with the ball joints and hub assembly. Might as well do it all at once and be done with it for the next 80k miles (using spicer parts).
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That's how mine are right now on the TJ. The seals are blown to pieces and all I can see is red dust coming out. Replacing them tomorrow along with the ball joints and hub assembly. Might as well do it all at once and be done with it for the next 80k miles (using spicer parts).
very nice!

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