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Old 11-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #1
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U-joint install problem

I am having trouble getting both clips installed with new u-joints for my rear drive shaft. I can get one in, but then there is not enough room for the other. I have ruined two u-joints in the process and have decided that I will try another brand tomorrow. These were Duralast from AZ.

Has anyone else had this problem? Could it be that I have a bent ear? If so, what is the best way to remedy this?

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Old 11-18-2010, 11:57 PM   #2
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Easy have had this problem with all of mine. Put the joint in a vice with a socket just big enough to fit in the hole easily. The take a punch and bang the ear. One wack at a time. It should flare just enough to get the clip in. If not give it another wack.

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Old 11-19-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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Yep, wacking the ears sometimes gets things to line up the last little bit.



One thing to look at also (from what I have learned from my u-joint screw ups) is that possibly a needle bearing fell to the bottom of the cap, and is preventing it from going on all the way. Usually this stops the cap about 1/16th of an inch short of where it needs to be for the clip to go in.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:53 AM   #4
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ive had one needle do that as well but he has tried it more than once and should have seen that if it was a problem. if i wantded to spread the yoke a little i would take a piece of 3/8 or 1/2 " threaded rod and with 2 nuts and fender washers gentle spread the yoke.
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Yep, wacking the ears sometimes gets things to line up the last little bit.



One thing to look at also (from what I have learned from my u-joint screw ups) is that possibly a needle bearing fell to the bottom of the cap, and is preventing it from going on all the way. Usually this stops the cap about 1/16th of an inch short of where it needs to be for the clip to go in.
X-2 on the hitting the ear.....I dropped a cup this summer off a race car, it fell about 5 feet and all the pins came out, took us about 30 minutes find them all
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:39 PM   #6
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jeep used 2 different u joints in the yj's make sure u got the right sized one

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