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Old 06-06-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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u joint clips

hi all, in the process of changing my u joint for the first time.

I have read about, and watched some movies on you tube that talk of clips to take off, both on the outside of the yoke, and some on the inside.

In the following photo the red arrow points to where the outer clip should be...but nothing is there?

the green arrow points to what I *think* are clips I am supposed to remove - is this correct? Since I am going to replace the ujoint, ca I just go to down on the clips to get them off? So long as I don't damage the yokes?

I ordered a harbor frieght u joint tool, as I found my vice wasn't large enough for the socket method....until then my goal is to get the clips off. It is soaking in pb now...


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Old 06-06-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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A little heat doesnt hurt too ,used a combination of PB ,heat and a bfh and 2 different size sockets .Flat screwdriver and some good swiff whacks against the clip and they came loose .

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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I took the complete drive shaft, some new U joints and a new yoke to a local shop. . .

They did the whole install for 23 Bucks. . . . Screw doing this myslef
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:53 PM   #4
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looks like mine did all i did was take a wire brush to them. after they were clean enough it took a hammer and a good sized socket(one you dont care to f*#k up) and they should come out. they should have an 8mm socket/wrench end on them and should come out pretty easy...
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everything else pretty much stock

lifes a ditch...... so put it in 4 low and stomp on it
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:47 PM   #5
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U-Joints will have either inner clips or outer clips not both.
That is one of your front axles because it has inner clips. The drive shafts will have the outer clips.

Yes that is the clip you remove. Remove all 4 before trying to press the joint out.
A flat blade screwdriver and a hammer will get it started then you can pry it the rest of the way out with the screwdriver.

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Old 06-07-2010, 08:22 AM   #6
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great - thanks for the info, I didn't know about the inner clips for axles and outer for drive shafts...

as you can see my parts have gone through some winters...while I have them off can I treat them? I have some rust converter / paint - I can safely paint the exterior of these parts yes?

lastly, when I pulled out my axle shaft I let it drag a little on the way out and it picked up some rust / dirt from what looks like the inside of the axle tube. There is some rust in / around the tube, the steering knuckle. Can I clean the rust out from the axle tube with my shop vac, and then paint the rusty shaft, steering knuckle, etc?

I don't want to accidentally hit the axle shaft on the way back in, pick up sediment and then put it in the front differential.

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:19 AM   #7
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I just replaced one of these U-Joints yesterday. Nothing worked to get the clips out. I had to cut the U-Joint out then press the caps out with the clips. It worked but I'm posting this to warn anyone who does this thatif the caps are in there that tight chances are they will bend the Yoke arms as you press them. (making another job out of pressing the new one)

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