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Old 06-08-2010, 07:26 AM   #1
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stuck u joint clips

Hi guys,

taking off my front axle u joint clips, I got two off...the other two are stuck. First, they seem like they have never been changed and seem pretty seized into the metal, and second, the way they are rotated / aligned, I can't get my screwdriver in there to hit them out with a hammer as I did my first two clips.

again soaking with pb. I am weary to just hit them flush with my screwdriver/chisel and hammer to free them...but they aren't moving for me. What do I do? I don't want to mess up the yokes....

I am waiting for the harbor freight u joint tool...with that tool is it 100% imperative that I take the clips out?

thanks for any help guys...getting to that point of frustration!

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clips have to come out. Had to get the tool from harbour freight after everyone talked about it. a hammer mechanic like me would use the rounded end of a ball pein hammer and hit the cap a few times to jar the clip loose. It's getting replaced anyway.

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I had to use a cut off wheel and cut my joints out as the clips where rusted in place. Took about 8-10 mins of cutting per end.
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did you guys actually cut the u joint itself? I have a grinder so I may be able to do this..but I just bought the u joint tool and it hasn't been delivered yet! I want to use it!

so hitting it flush with my screwdriver/chisel may not loosen it?
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did you guys actually cut the u joint itself? I have a grinder so I may be able to do this..but I just bought the u joint tool and it hasn't been delivered yet! I want to use it!

so hitting it flush with my screwdriver/chisel may not loosen it?
It could loosen it, I tried that with mine, but no luck.

yes, I cut it off where the cap and the body of the joint meet. I had a 3" cut off disc. Mine where off a 1993...so it was in there real bad. Hearing and eye protection is also a must.
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If the clips are not on opposite sides of the joint you can press the joint caps with the clips to the inside first to loosen them.
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If the clips are not on opposite sides of the joint you can press the joint caps with the clips to the inside first to loosen them.
You shouldnt have to cut them out,mine were 16 years old ,PB Blaster ,heat ,and hammer caps inward ,then work on the clips,need to relieve stress on them first though.

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