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How to remove rag joint

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTBLAZER89, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    How do I get the rag joint off the splined part of the input shaft? I got the bolt loose...do I have to remove it all the way? Do II have to use a special puller, or just tap it off? Thanks
     
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    yep, you need to remove the bolt all the way. then i use a pry bar to get it off the splines, prying one side then the other
     
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    cool thanks:xmas:
     
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    I didn't have to pull the bolt out all the way. :confused:
     
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    Use the "pickle fork!"

    You can use a "pickle fork" tie-rod remover tool to remove it,after taking the bolt out--when the rag joint on my 74 K20 failed(and I saw my life pass before my eyes)I had to use a torch to cut that 12 point bolt off--no wrench or socket known to mankind would have removed it,it was rotted to death..still cant beleive I didnt fry the seals in the steering box--must be because it was about 20 degrees and snowing out when it happenned!!...Hope I never have that experience again!:blush: --now I must fix the tilt steering colum in my 79C10,the U-joints in it are loose--I have nightmares of the steering wheel coming off with half the colum still attached---.:crazy:
     

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