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Old 06-18-2013, 12:45 AM
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Hi, I have a 95 that needs the ujoints done BAD! I'm wondering if you can cut them out without taking the bearin out... or do I have to some how get the bearing out without damaging it? Thanks
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One of the member's just posted this tutorial. http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=145139

It's basically the same on a 1500 except there's only 3 bolts on the bearing.

It can be done leaving the bearing attached to the axle but is a little more difficult.
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I just did the axle u-joints on my '96 1500. I'll list the procedure as I did it.

Remove brake assembly

Remove tie rod

Remove bearing hub 3-1/2" 12 point bolts\

*removing the steering knuckle helps, but isn't totally necessary*

axle should slide out, just make sure to keep it balanced to prevent nuking the seal

FOR U JOINT REMOVAL

press u joint enough to pick off the clip from one side, then slide u joint over to remove the cap off the other side.

repeat for other joint.

then put it all back together, just remember to grease the crap out of it!
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^^ ?? ^^

I don't understand the tie-rod and and/or steering knuckle removal. Seems like rolling the window down to change the oil.

I did mine in less than an hour.

Center nut and cotter pin. (If you're going to separate the bearing)

Jack it up, remove the wheel. Remove the caliper and hang it to prevent damage to the brake line.

Slide the rotor off.

Remove the 3 bolts on the hub/bearing, and slide the inner and outer axle shaft out.

I guess it's just a matter of preference,
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I don't understand the tie-rod and and/or steering knuckle removal. Seems like rolling the window down to change the oil.

I did mine in less than an hour.

Center nut and cotter pin. (If you're going to separate the bearing)

Jack it up, remove the wheel. Remove the caliper and hang it to prevent damage to the brake line.

Slide the rotor off.

Remove the 3 bolts on the hub/bearing, and slide the inner and outer axle shaft out.

I guess it's just a matter of preference,
I pulled the steering knuckle for better access, and I removed the tie rod for better access to the bolts for the hub.

Also, I cleaned the axle tube, steering knuckle and all that, plus while I had it apart, I threw new ball joints in, just because...
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OK thanks, I thought that was roughly how you did it but didnt know if the bearing had to come off or not. I was asking other ppl that did it and they said the bearing would come off to pull the axle out so they had to beat them out nd buy new bearings to...
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OK thanks, I thought that was roughly how you did it but didnt know if the bearing had to come off or not. I was asking other ppl that did it and they said the bearing would come off to pull the axle out so they had to beat them out nd buy new bearings to...
There is a tendency for the bearing to become seized to the spindle but that's an issue you'll have to be prepared for. It may come out, it may not. If you're careful you can get it started with a chisel between the bearing and spindle but that's not always the case. If you do have difficulty just be careful of damaging the dust shield as it is sandwiched between the bearing and the spindle, and the bearing/hub bolts hold it in.
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ok thanks, I will give her a go!! haha
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It's pretty straight forward. Take the hub off and the axle shaft will slide out. Then use a socket and a vice to remove/install the u joints. No need to take the spindles off, that's just extra work.
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Spindle socket is 1 11/16. you may need to thin the wall a little, with a bench grinder, clearance is very limited. A torch may come in handy for burning out the joint, and getting the cups to release. Make sure the joint is all loose and free when you have installed all your circlips. if you have to spread the yokes a coupla thousandths, to get it all free and loose, do it, cuz any tightness will show in a hard turn, when that joint is really getting flogged. The brake shield may take quite a beating removing the bearing, but you can generally fix it. I have an air chisel with a custom ground 'chisel' which works great for popping the bearing out of its' close tolerance little home, just keep working around it, it'll come, but leave the screwdrivers in the toolbox, temptation will get the better of you, and you'll be snapping the ends off! Good luck!
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