View Full Version : Need tips on changing a DS u joint

April 13th, 2004, 07:54 PM
I think all i have to do is get a large socket and a hammer and a smaller socket and pound it out right??

then buy a new one then just pop it in?

April 14th, 2004, 08:25 AM
Yeah.. pretty much. Pull the clips first, though. :D

here's some pics and a write up to simplify..

http://www.stu-offroad.com/otherwriteups/u...nt/ujoint-1.htm (http://www.stu-offroad.com/otherwriteups/u-joint/ujoint-1.htm)

April 14th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Arbor presses or a u-joint tool make life much easier and save your sockets life. $40 I think for the U-joint tool ( glorified C clamp)

April 14th, 2004, 11:48 AM
Hmm... I figured everybody had a few of those random leftover sockets from an old toolset that's lost or had so many pieces borrowed that it becomes useless. Those are the ones I use.

But those presses are handy, I think you can rent them from some the places like Murrays or Autozone.

April 14th, 2004, 12:04 PM
I have 3 presses and they are worth buying for more than just Ujoints. The Ujoint tool is best though as it is a c-clamp and you can make trail repairs much easier carrying one with you. The press is too bulky to carry.

April 14th, 2004, 12:18 PM
Stu's page on using the tool:


The tool:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Disp...itemnumber=4065 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=4065)

April 14th, 2004, 12:30 PM
Come on over man, we'll have that thing changed in about 15 minutes.

April 14th, 2004, 04:49 PM
sweet deal shawn i think i may gtg up to murrays and buy me anew one ill let ya know

zero may come too

April 15th, 2004, 10:47 PM
Be very careful using those tools!

The Driveshaft guy I use and buy my joints from says he's seen alot of people damage the ears on the shafts by using the presses or ball joint removal tools. He said sometimes the force is so great that it bends the ears before it pops out the joint. He said that a sharp blow did better than steady pressure at getting the caps to come loose.

I know I tried to use one when removing some joints so I could swap an outer stub shaft onto a different inner and I ended up blowing the cap apart!! So I just used a socket and a hammer to finish it and it worked fine.

Oh, the fella also said that NEVER to use those tools to install a joint. And tap onto the ears a little to loosen up a tight joint.

My little experience with using it: I won't use it again, I'll just rely on the hammer and socket way myself...

Good luck


April 16th, 2004, 10:39 AM
Yep, that has always worked great for me.

April 16th, 2004, 10:49 AM
I know two driveshaft shops that use nothing but presses to install and deinstall u-joints. Like any tool, proper use is required. The hammer and socket routine has just as much room for ear damage and stress cracking.

April 25th, 2004, 01:05 PM
shawn helped me out with a hammer and a bench vise