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front u-joint removal, help!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by coolhandluke, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. coolhandluke

    coolhandluke 1/2 ton status

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    ok, I'm having to replace the front drivers side u-joint, I have the 3/4 ton axle. Removed the hub, removed the rotor, and cannot for the life of me get the spindle off. Is this just time for the BFH, or is there something I'm missing here?
     
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    half ten bolt half d60??
    did you take off the six nuts that hold the spindle on?
     
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    ok, I'ts embarrasing when you don't even know what the hell you have.....

    yeah, I took the 6 bolts off, but after wailing on it, it is still in there, I guess that means I just need to keep pounding
     
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    the spindle i pulled off a 10 bolt came off fairly easily, try prying it off with a screwdriver...
     
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    ive tried a screwdriver, pry bar, BFH, etc, all to no avail. my ten bolt came apart easily, I don't know what's up with this.
     
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    just make sure when you are hammering away...that you have a 2x4 on the spindle, or use a rubber mallet. Dont hit the spindle with a metal hammer. Like confed said try a screwdriver and pry a little...or hit it with some PB Blaster wait a few then go beat on it some more.
     
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    all right, I figured I just needed to hit it some more, but got tired of swinging. gonna go get some pb blaster, and a new 2x4 after killing the first one. thanks guys.
     
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    It should come off by beating on it with a hammer like was mentioned, just work all the way around it. If that still doesn't get it then you may try putting a jack under the end of the spindle (with a 2x4 protecting the spindle) and try breaking it loose that way. When you reassemble it put a thin coat of antiseize on the back side of the spindle so it will come off easier next time.
     
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    its been a while..but try tapping on the very inside lip of the spindle where its about 3/8" thick where the bolts go through, a few good raps should loosen that up pretty well..keep us posted..
     
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    gonna go whip out the jack guys, great idea thanks.
     
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    if you have air tools, an air chizzle will work.......
     
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    Did you get it off yet? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    brutal job to do
    once you put it back together with antisieze it will come apart next time will no issues

    once you get it to rock a bit jam a screwdriver in the gap and pound the other way using the screwdriver as a leverage point
     
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    Not to threadjack here, but how bad a job is front U-joint replacement overall? Should I attempt it on my 10-bolt? My symptom is groaning under load in 4-wheel drive (the truck, not me /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif), which I think points at the U-joints?
     
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    see his other post..he got it..
     

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