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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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Rear Drive Shaft Problem

Hey guys, I'm replacing the u-joint on my rear drive shaft. I've got both clips off the drive shaft but can seem to get the shaft out. You just push toward the transmission and the pull it back out once the back end falls out, right? Mine wont budge at all. Also, do I need to drain the transmission before taking the shaft out. Won't it start leaking once the drive shaft comes out of the transmission. Thanks for your help guys and sorry if these questions are a stupid, but I need help. Thanks again!

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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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The last time I pulled mine out I just un did the yoke straps on the diff side and it slid right out. Thought that was normal? Of course it has suffered some stress due to grenading u joints.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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If your drive shaft is attached to your transmission you have problems. As far as i know there were never any 2wd yj's.
Your DS should be on a slip yoke on the transfer case if it is original. Did someone put a sye kit on the x-case maybe?
is there a slip yoke in the middle of your driveshaft?
does the transfer case side have a double u-joint instead of a single one?

and ... no you do not need to drain the transfer case to change the shaft.
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You will lose "some" fluid when you pull the drive shaft, but not a ton. Just have a pan under it so you don't have a mess to clean up.

Assuming no one has installed a slip yoke eliminator kit, yes, the drive shaft should slip forward into the transfer case then be able to be pulled straight back and out. With that said, if the drive shaft hasn't been removed for a very long time, it might be a little stuck at the rear axle. The first time I pulled mine, I had to put a large flat screw driver behind the u-joint and give it a little help to unseat.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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You will lose "some" fluid when you pull the drive shaft, but not a ton. Just have a pan under it so you don't have a mess to clean up.

Assuming no one has installed a slip yoke eliminator kit, yes, the drive shaft should slip forward into the transfer case then be able to be pulled straight back and out. With that said, if the drive shaft hasn't been removed for a very long time, it might be a little stuck at the rear axle. The first time I pulled mine, I had to put a large flat screw driver behind the u-joint and give it a little help to unseat.
Thanks man! I used a screwdriver like you said and it came right out! I did lose some fluid though. Do I just need to put some back in it?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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Thanks man! I used a screwdriver like you said and it came right out! I did lose some fluid though. Do I just need to put some back in it?
Not a problem. Glad to help. Yes, refill what you lost. Remove the upper nut, fill to where you can just fell it inside the hole with your finger.
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