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With the proper universal joint pressing tool, replacing these joints is a fairly straightforward job.
Some driveshafts are two-piece units that have a center support bearing secured to a cross member in the center of the vehicle. Disconnect the center bearing, remove the rear U bolts and you can slide your driveshaft out from under the car.
Some automakers use polymer resin to retain the universal joints. If that’s the case, be prepared to use extreme pressure to press them out. Heating may be required.
If not permanently greased, grease properly and they will last for thousands of miles. Keep in mind that super joints are permanently greased, but non-greased joints are stronger.
Why it’s so important to replace your U joints:
Worn universal joints can be a real aggravation. They clunk when you let the clutch out or pull the transmission lever into drive. They also clunk each time you get on or off the throttle. Even more irritating is the vibration that increases with vehicle speed.
If not replaced, worn universal joints can come apart, spitting your driveshaft into the street. These joints are relatively inexpensive to replace – driveshafts, on the other hand, are very expensive!
U joint replacement – here’s what you’ll need:
Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for a U joint replacement:
EASY AVERAGE ADVANCED
Estimated time required - 2 Hours
How to change U joints: save money by doing it yourself with these directions.
To begin, purchase or rent a universal joint pressing tool. Then follow these step-by-step instructions on how to change U joints.
If applicable, screw in the grease fittings that will enable you to grease the universal joints before driving the vehicle. Lubricate the slip yoke before sliding it back into the transmission.
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