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U-joint question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Russell, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Russell

    Russell LB7 Tahoe Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Hey guys!

    I'm busy changing the engine and tranny on my 89. I've run into a bit of an issue that is holding me up. I do not want to dump ATF all over my floor in the shop, so I want to remove the u-joint that attaches the slip yolk to the rest of the driveshaft. However, this u-joint is different than any I've dealt with in the past. Rather than having those clips to hold the u-joint in, they look like they are held in with little pins on the sides of the caps. I have a spare slip yolk lying around from a car with the same thing, but I was not able to figure out how to remove the u-joint without damaging those little plastic pins.

    Can anyone offer some advice?
     
  2. short sub

    short sub Registered Member

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    it appears that u have a stock ujoint in there- that "pin" is plastic that holds the bearing cap in. Get a torch and heat that area until you see all the plastic ooze out, do this on all 4 caps, and then press it out as usual. Good luck later Ryan
     
  3. Russell

    Russell LB7 Tahoe Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    How would a guy go about re-installing it later? Just get a new u-joint with the little clips?
     
  4. metto

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    yea, it has the groove for snap rings. just get a regular u joint for it
     
  5. Russell

    Russell LB7 Tahoe Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well, I put the torch to it to heat it up (little hand held propane torch) and sure enough, it puked those little goobery pins out the sides, however, I kept it on there a bit too long to make sure i got it all out, and the stupid u-joint exploded! Scared to crap outta me! I was happy I always put safety glasses on when I am under a vehicle, they have a nasty gouge right infront of my eye from a chunk of u-joint :eek1:
     
  6. Roz

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    <whew> noted for future- never had that happen :crazy:
     

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