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Unread 05-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #16
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I've had way better luck with a hammer and sockets. It is way too easy to bend the ears using a press.

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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #17
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Beating on it with a hammer isn't more risky to you than what's essentially a C-clamp? If you bent your ears with a u-joint press, you should have taken the cheater bar off and stopped turning it long, long ago.

A bench vise with sockets is another method. Actually, I think it's easier than a u-joint press because it's anchored. But if you want the press, you can just borrow it from Autozone for free.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #18
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Auto zone free tool loan I use them a lot for that. I use a vise though its easier.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by bobjp
Beating on it with a hammer isn't more risky to you than what's essentially a C-clamp? If you bent your ears with a u-joint press, you should have taken the cheater bar off and stopped turning it long, long ago.

A bench vise with sockets is another method. Actually, I think it's easier than a u-joint press because it's anchored. But if you want the press, you can just borrow it from Autozone for free.
No breaker bar involved. And no beating on them with a hammer and a 3/4 inch socket isn't risky at all. The impacts from the hammer will help free the u joint faster and easier IMO. I felt the same way as you until I talked to a guy who's been a master tech for 30 some years. He uses those presses for ball joints and that's it. Living in an area that sees plenty of rust on vehicles has something to do with it as well.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 06:47 AM   #20
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Replaced the rear U-joints, lubed up everything, got new rims and tires (which were needed), and got an alignment. She has never run so smooth. Thanks for the help.
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