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Need to get wheel joints out

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    I'm trying to change out the wheel joints in my front axle. They are the factory original spicer and are shot really really bad. I have the axle shafts out but the dang caps seem to be frozen into the shafts. I've tried soaking them in PB Blaster... heating it using my little small torch and using my press (little 6 ton $60 special [​IMG]). I cannot get these caps out to save my life. Anyone have any ideas? Maybe Drill down the center and keep working with it? Just trying to think of stuff I haven't tried. Any help would be great. I could always take it to a shop with a good press but that is my last resort.


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  2. Butch

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    Did you remove the retainer rings? If you cant see them start scraping all the grime off. If you do have the off lay the yoke of one side across the open hole of your vise and with a 3lb hammer hit the other yoke that is now verticle and it will come loose.

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  3. MudFrog

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    Yes I did remove the retainer rings... I'll give it a go when I get home.

    89 K5 Silverado, 4", 33's, 3/4 ton axles
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    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    I had some trouble removing mine with a 12 ton Hydro press [​IMG]. Good luck with the 6 tonner [​IMG]
    Mine let go with the LOUDEST BANG!! I thought I broke the press!! [​IMG]
    Boss

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  5. tRustyK5

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    The last one I did I ended up cutting the U-joint cross out with an angle grinder and a cut off disc and then using a 'drift' and a BFH on the U-joint cups...even then the U-joint cup broke and the drift went through the center of the cup...[​IMG] Eventually it all did come out but what a PITA!!! I guess that one had been in there for a while.

    Rene

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  6. MudFrog

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    Stupid question but what exactly is a "drift"? Never used one and I need to know to find out if my dad has one...haha

    89 K5 Silverado, 4", 33's, 3/4 ton axles
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  7. tRustyK5

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    A 'drift' can be almost anything. You place the drift angaist the part that needs to move and smack it with the BFH...In my case I used an old punch that had broken. I ground the end flat and turned it into a drift...
    I have a selection of drifts in my toolbox at work, some aluminum, brass and plain old mild steel round stock.

    Rene

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  8. coopertwpk

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    your trying to get the U joints out ?these are factory right ? they have plastic keepers that basicly need to be torched out ,on the side youll see plastic nubs where its injected .heat them up then hit it with a socket and big hammer.

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  9. MudFrog

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    Rene... Gotcha... ok I basically always used an old socket.

    coopertwpk.. These are factory (as far as I can tell) but I do not remember seeing any plastic pieces. I did torch one end and it wouldn't budge but I'll have to check again.

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  10. Burt4x4

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    I ran into one of thoes plastic injected Ujoints on my S10 and I did melt out one but didn't know there were two. Long story short I took my Oxy/Ac torch and blasted it out!! The cap melts way quicker than the yoke/ear so no damage and the new joint whent in fine.
    Yours is probly fuzzed so torch it out if you have one!!
    Good Luck

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  11. 91gmcjimmyCH_IL

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    I didn't have a torch to get my plastic crap out so i used a 20 dollar propane torch kit. It took a long time so I kept hitting them with a BFH and it wouldn't budge so finally I said FT and just kept torching it and then the fiberglass ring started squirting out of a tiny whole and then a couple bangs with the BFH and it came right out.
     
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    Well I'm a bit ticked... Ok... I tried everything with these and nothing would make them budge. I looked all around them and didn't see any plastic pieces. Now the reason I'm ticked is while I was trying to take the caps out with my press... The shaft on my press BENT!! So now I'm out a press and the caps didn't even budge. I was like... COME ON!!! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!! Oh well... looks like I gotta take the shafts to a shop to have the joints changed out. Just needed to Yell for a sec... Makes ya feel better ya know [​IMG].

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    I used a 10 ton press to get mine out. They were 18 years old and they literally exploded.

    Many people say that 10 bolt/D44 frontends fail, yet I wonder how mine plowed snow for 18 years and never had them replaced or greased. Like I'm worried when I've got new ones that are full of grease [​IMG].

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  14. michaelm

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    driving on snow doesnt really seem to be a axle strength tester to me, what with being traction limited and all.

    i bought a 12 ton press and it shows some deformation from my u joint adventure
     
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    Well I got the wheel joints out... My company just happened to have a cutting torch so I just happened to borrow it and I get them things out... Now I can continue with my axle swap [​IMG].

    89 K5 Silverado, 4", 33's, 3/4 ton axles
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