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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:55 AM   #1
Viencent
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need help drive shaft dropped

Ok I can use a little help, on the way to work this morning the back end of my drive shaft dropped out, from what I can see one of the brackets holding the
u-joint to the rear end came loose, didnt see any other damage, how hard will it be to replace the joint with a new one? and what tools and parts will I need?
Im not much of a machanic but can turna wench if I know what needs to be done.. Thanks for any help

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Unread 10-23-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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A book like the CJ Haynes manual is a good one for these kinds of fixes. It goes over the tools and methods.

I use an old 3/4" I think it is socket to pound out the old joint and tap the new one in. There are circle clips that have to be pried out, I use a special pair of pliers for this or two mini screwdrivers.

Penetrating oil can help a Lot!

When you get the new joint, I recommend you also get new straps and bolts, they are cheap and the old straps will likely be stretched too bad to hold any more.

I also prefer the joints that can be greased, the non grease ones fail far too fast due to water contamination on the swampy trails I run on so they are basic garbage.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advise, lol forgot I have a Haynes manual will read it now
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Unread 10-23-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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ok problem fixed,a friend from work fixed it on the spot, took him about 45 minutes and cost me $15 for the joint and breakfast for the 2 of us
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Unread 10-23-2009, 09:34 AM   #5
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Nice. Check the bolts for tightness again in a few days. Probably wouldn't hurt to check the front driveshaft as well.
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