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.