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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2000, 05:05 PM
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Does anyone know of a better way to remove 16 yr. old front axle u-joints? I've tried the vice and the thing isn't budging.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2000, 05:12 PM
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Re: u-joint removal

usually i just hit them harder.... but when i am about to trash the axle.. i hit them with a torch.. not the u-joint, but the axle shaft.mine seem to get changed enough where i don't have that problem...

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Re: u-joint removal

I haven't found any easy way to do it........

Just good penetrating oil, BFH, oil, BFH, oil, BFH, and once it starts to move I hit the vice. Good luck!

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Re: u-joint removal

I've found the hammer method to be the most effective. Soak the joints good and long with penetrating oil and then start whacking until they move. Generally this works. However, I've run into one or two that still won't budge. For those situations, I've taken an angle grinder and cut off the spiders just leaving the bearing caps behind. This has always created enough heat that the when I go back to hit the bearing caps with the hammer, they loosen right up. Be careful though as you don't want to damage the axle shaft.

You could also take a torch and cut out the bearing caps. However, you will more than likely need a good file to make the axle shaft 'ears' round once again. Good luck!

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Re: u-joint removal

If they are really difficult, I use a socket and a press.

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