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Old 12-06-2009, 02:19 PM
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It's a balmy 17 degrees outside, and I get to change the steering u loints on my 97. When I did them on the 99, everything went smooth, until it came time to remove the u-joint from the axle shaft. I had to take it to a shop and pay them 50 bucks to r & r it for me. I don't want to do that again, so any tips on getting the old ones out?

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A large vise and a couple of sockets works well. You might try heating the yokes with a blowtorch too. I have access to a ball joint press and they do the trick for u joints. If that fails, you can always use a large hammer and an assortment of swear words.
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Yeah, heating works best when it's that cold. The metal shrinks a bit and they get dang tight as a result.
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I did both the front and rear joint on my 2002 during last week with no problems. I just used a socket to beat the old ones out with and a bench vise to press the new ones in using the socket I used to beat the out with. This is one of those areas where I do not miss living in snow climates, especially where the roads are salted.

Cold makes metal contract, so maybe toss the new ones in the freezer a few hours before the job and before you install them, heat up the yoke.
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