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Old 03-08-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Need to replace rear u joint

Hay I have to replace my rear u joint has anyone done it before and if so what advice would you give me, this is the first time I will attempt this I have a 00 mustang convertible, or if you know of a video that's out there that would be helpful thank you all.
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Oh dude. U-joints are super easy. The only problem is ground clearance. Please put the car on jackstands. We don't need a crushed member. Saleenfiend is an automotive technician and is a really helpful guy. I am sure if you pm him he will give you a step by step. Jack stands PLEASE

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Thanks Everett I will pm him see what he says and I will be safe as well
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Thanks Everett I will pm him see what he says and I will be safe as well
Thanks. I have seen guys working under jacked cars without jackstands and the jack has a slow leak in the seal. You don't even notice til it's too late. As far as u-joints there are little rings inside the pins that hold the joint in place. Needle nose pliers will get the rings out then you pound out the pin. Install is reverse. It's been a decade since I have done them tho so I might be a bit off. Take saleenfiends advice. He is a pro

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Thanks man will let you know how it goes
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Thanks man will let you know how it goes
Take pics and post a step by step. It will be great if you did. It would show guys who have never done it that you,who also hadn't done it before can do it. Help our newbs with their confidence for sure.

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Re: Need to replace rear u joint

Not actually a technician, but years of experience working on cars and with cars. I've actually been a Store Manager at an aftermarket shop, Service Advisor, and currently Assistant Service Manager at a local dealer. Alrthough, thanks for the faith!! As far as the u-joints go... remove the drive shaft (8 bolts). Once off you'll need needle nose pliers to remove c clips holding the u-joint caps in place. Once the clips are off use a socket or something and a hammer to tap the u joint in one direction until the cap can be removed on one side. If you have to you may need to tap another direction to get another cap out, you should then be able to manipulate the u joint out of position while removing all caps.

When you reinstall the new u joint, take the caps off and insert them from the outside in into the driveshaft (be sure to use your finger to install grease inside the caps and verify all the bearings are lined up correctly inside of the cap. Then slide the u-joint into place and tap the caps together until you can install the c-clips to hold it into place. Do the same on the other two caps of the u-joint. It's actually rather simple and I'm sure you could youtube a video of this.

Besure the cap goes all the way into place on the u-joint, you may notice the c-clips won't go into place or seems too snug fitting. If this is the case remove the u-joint and caps and check that a needle bearing hasn't laid down or come out of place. If so use your finger and grease to re-arrange the bearings correctly.
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Damn dude. Where's the pictures. I am disappointed. Hehehe

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Re: Need to replace rear u joint

saleenfiend , only 4 bolts to drop the shaft and their 12mm 12 point !!!!
rest of advice perfect
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saleenfiend , only 4 bolts to drop the shaft and their 12mm 12 point !!!!
rest of advice perfect
Ah ****.. working in jeeps and other rides at my job I tend to mix things up. Your right four bolts.

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Damn dude. Where's the pictures. I am disappointed. Hehehe

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Hay guy turns out I only needed to grease the you joint but if I get the chance to change it just to do so and take the pics so others can learn thank you all again for the help.
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