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NEED HELP FAST FRONT AXLESHAFT U-JOINT!!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87BrnRsd, May 13, 2003.

  1. 87BrnRsd

    87BrnRsd 1/2 ton status

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    We just noticed today that the cap on my brothers front axleshaft u-joint on the passenger side of his 79' K5 is cracked. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif We were planning on making a trip to uwharrie friday, and have asked off work already, and really dont want to waste our time off by not going, since it will be a while untill we can go again.
    My question is: How hard is it to replace the front axleshaft u-joint? What is involved? Is it necessary to take out the ball joints to accomplish this with the 10 bolt front axle? We have between now and friday to get this fixed. My brother cannot spend time off from school, but I can take a day off and work on it with my dad. Would we be able to acomplish this in less than 5-6 hours on our own? Need help fast!!!
    Harrison
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Would we be able to acomplish this in less than 5-6 hours on our own?

    [/ QUOTE ] yes you can people fix them all the time on the trails and they do it in under an hour /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Here's what's involved:
    -Remove wheel
    -Remove hub
    -Get a 4 prong socket to remove the locknut
    -Remove adjusting nut
    -Grab rotor and pull, make sure bearing doesn't fall to ground
    -Pull out axleshaft and replace ujoint
    Assembly is reverse of removal.
     
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    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    You forgot after remove hub assembly that you need to take the spindle off too. 6 nuts hold the spindle in place. When you reassemble put some Locktight on the spindle bolts. They are all that hold your tire in place. If they vibrate loose... /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Here's what's involved:
    -Remove wheel
    -Remove hub
    -Get a 4 prong socket to remove the locknut
    -Remove adjusting nut
    -Grab rotor and pull, make sure bearing doesn't fall to ground
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    take off six nuts holding backing plate to axle
    remove backing plate assembly
    use rubber mallet and tap off spindle
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    -Pull out axleshaft and replace ujoint
    Assembly is reverse of removal.

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    P.S. I have heard of people on the trail changing out axleshafts in 20minutes. They have obviously done this a few times, know which tools to use, and also have a spare set of shafts to through in.
     
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    do the c clips in the differential need to be taken out in order to get the axle shaft out?
     
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    front axles are full floating. there are no c-clips. once you get to the axle you just pull it out. you have already removed all its retainers once you get to the axleshaft itself.
     
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    nope, front is a full floater no clips, jack it up high on teh side you are changing and ity shouldnt need any new fluid
     
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    nope, front is a full floater no clips, jack it up high on teh side you are changing and ity shouldnt need any new fluid
     
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    thanks for the info, looks like wheelin is still on for friday now that i know the stering knuckle and ball joints don't have to be disassembled! Thanks again
    -ELLIOTT
     
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    Oh man, I can't believe I forgot that step /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif...oops - thanks for correcting me. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Another step was forgotten too. Remove the caliper bolts and caliper. (don't let it hang from the brake line)
     
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    and technically remove brake backing plate is left out too, but if you can't figure that out when you get there you should be beaten anyway.
     
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    Good Lord, I sure forgot a heck of a lot in my "step-by-step" procedure. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif I guess some of those things you just take for granted that they need to be removed and don't even think about listing them. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

    Thanks for picking up my slack, guys. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    No prob. The brake caliper and brake backing plate are a brain dead thing that you don't really think about. I leave stuff like that out too, because you do take it for granted. It is like saying remove the spark plug wire to change a spark plug. If you don't know to remove the wire to change a plug you have some issues. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You also forgot the first step: Do not perform this procedure on a moving vehicle.

    Seriously, though, I have gotten belts that actually said "Do not replace belt while engine is running" on the package.
     
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    -Harrison
     
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    Thanks ya'll!
    Harrison
     
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    You also forgot the first step: Do not perform this procedure on a moving vehicle.

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    Screw that. If you are dumb enough to try to do it on a moving vehicle, by all means go ahead. It is called natural selection, and we don't need them polluting the gene pool.
     

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