Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: HELP: Can\'t get U-Joints out of axle shafts!
Your 6 ton press wouldn't take it out? Then my suggestion will fall on deaf ears, but it may help someone else out...
I'm gonna take heat for this, but I broke down and bought a "Harbor Freight" ball and U-joint tool. There's one a less that two blocks from where I'm living so it was... a heck, no excuses... I'm cheap and the price was right. I admit it... I'm like a kid in a candy store when I walk in there.
Last week I used it to remove and reinstall well worn, and rusted in place, ball joints on the two Caravan's that I own..It worked slicker'n snot. Wow, was I surprised. I'd a figured it would have broke before the joints dropped out, but it didn't. I just wished I had it when I was working on all those U-joints while still in the Midwest. I'd not have had to do so much repentin' for all the cussin an hammerin' that went on.
So much for my previous rants on "Made in China" tools... now I'll have to look at that Pulley puller set, the Ramsey Knock Off winch an a good Slide Hammer. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
On occasions, to remove U-joints, I've had to cut U-joints at the "cross." It's tedious, and not a fun job, but with a die-drinder it doesn't go too awfully slow. Just be prepared to change the cutting disk's a lot and don't cut into the Yoke. Once the cross is removed out of the joint the Caps can be hammered toward the center of the Yoke and it usually moves easier in that direction.
This is one job I don't relish.