How to replace your universal joint (and driveshaft)


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Swagonmaster
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Re: How to replace your universal joint (and driveshaft)

Post by Swagonmaster » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:46 pm



kiptap, I can feel your pain, that boot replacement can be something that you don't want your kids to hear you talking about. :evil: I will give one recommendation, warm the rubber boot! I am a retired auto tech so I thought it wouldn't be too hard to do. Wrong! After several frustrating hours of trying I brought the boot indoors and put it on the hot air register (December you know) and got it hot. When I took it out to the garage for another round I couldn't believe how much easier it was to go on! Actually I thought that I had it on wrong, it couldn't have gone on that easy!
Secondly, if your are having trouble splinning the driveshaft into the u joint, take the driven flange/spider and turn the final drive and therefore the driveshaft while installing the shaft.



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Swagonmaster
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Re: How to replace your universal joint (and driveshaft)

Post by Swagonmaster » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:50 pm

Another thing, I replaced the u joint because of a vibration above about 60 mph. As it turned out the joint was ok, the problem was the rubber dampers in the rear wheel. Oh well, live and learn.

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Re: How to replace your universal joint (and driveshaft)

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:45 am

One more recommendation for the boot replacement could be removing the wires and brake light switch out of the way.

So you can easily reach the 3 ears of the boot and install it in 5 minutes. No pain anymore.

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