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Old 11-13-2010, 01:30 PM
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I think my u-joints need to be replaced on my '01 1500. I'm getting driveline vibration over 35mph and ocassional clunking when taking off. I got the u-joints today and was looking for a write up on how to do it, but haven't come across anything. I think u-joints is just about the only thing I haven't done to a car before, I just like to know what I got to do before I crawl underneath to make the job go quicker. Tried searching but came across nothing.
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You can either hammer them out or press them out. Either way you'll need a couple of sockets or something else suitable to place on the joint to hammer it out and another one to support the yoke and catch the cap coming out the other side. It's pretty straight forward but can be a real pain in the ass if the joints are stuck.
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Attached is the rear axle section from the 2001 Ram service manual. The last page discusses u-joint replacement.

Also, a google search for 'replace u-joint' yields some great how to information....including some videos. If you have never done this before, check out the 'internet' information for consistency. Don't just use the first piece of information...unless there are many others that agree with it. If you find something of particular interest, you can always direct us there, and ask if that procedure is OK.

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i looked over the pdf file that was posted, what i gather is that everything has to be pressed apart and back together since nothing splits apart with a ubolt style setup? i have the driveshaft soaking in the bed of the truck with penetrating oil and will try to press it apart tomorrow with a vice or c-clamp. last resort will be drive it somewhere that has a press to press it all apart.
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When you put the u-joints back together pay particular attention to making sure they are centered exactly. If they are not, you will get a vibration and have to do it all over again.
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its the vibration im trying to get away from. im probably going to buy a u-joint/balljoint press kit tomorrow. make life a little easier right now, c clamp wasnt cutting it.
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I use a 5" bench vise and a couple of sockets....one big enough for the u-joint to fit inside, the other slightly smaller that the u-joint.
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Not a real bad job to do , just make sure you chock the wheels before crawling under the truck and dropping the driveshaft .
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i finished up the ujoints this morning. not bad once i got the ujoint/balljoint kit from harbor freight. i dropped the drive shaft yesterday pull all the c-clips and lubed them up to let them soak overnight. took care of the driveline vibration i had, but i still have the clunk in the rear that i was hoping it would take care of too. any other common issues? shocks look quite worn, but i don't know if they would make that noise unless they are really shot and dry on the inside.
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