Pinion yoke nut....2
Three weeks ago, I tried to change my front pinion seal on my 2004 TJ. I bought everything that I might need to do the job, including a manual impact driver (hammer style) and a breaker bar. I put the jeep on jack stands. Started tearing it apart, but was unable to break the nut loose with any single implement or combination of tools that I could find at my disposal. I even tried to put a pipe on the breaker bar to increase my leverage.
Fast forward two weeks. I broke down and bought an electric powered impact wrench (Dewalt 1/2" drive). Wanted to get an air powered tool, but couldn't afford it right now. I did not jack up the jeep this time and started the job again. Put a regular socket on the impact wrench (not a special impact socket.). The socket is not a hexagon style but is a 12-16 point socket (less bite on the nut). Anyhow, the impact gun wouldn't move the nut. It did do a little damage to the corners of the nut though. I tried three times to no avail. So I hadn't sprayed it with penetrating fluid before so I did spray it down with some that I had on hand. Put it back together and decided to let the mechanics have at it.
Or have I? Two days later, I'm posting to you all to get your thoughts...