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Username Post: Removing U Joints with no clips.        (Topic#59507)
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03-06-04 05:40 AM - Post#404609    

I am trying to remove the U Joints in a 1983 Chevy Truck. The problem is they don't seem to have clips. I have tried to gently tap them out but they won't budge. They have two pin marks on each side of the yoke. Please help. Thanks

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-06-04 07:13 AM - Post#404610    
    In response to RebelLear

howziit guy!

firstly, welcome to CT club!

secondly, i believe the clips are on the INSIDE, towards the center of the u-joint.

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-06-04 08:08 AM - Post#404611    
    In response to RebelLear

ok in this case it's one of two types,one type has clips on the inside as 57heaven told you,the other type has plastic rings inside grooves on the yoke around the u joints,this type you heat the yokes and melt or soften the plastic then press or knock them out.

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-06-04 08:15 AM - Post#404612    
    In response to good.wrench

edit(reply deleted)- Oops, nevermind, I mis-read your post

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-07-04 02:55 PM - Post#404613    
    In response to RebelLear


I have tried to gently tap them out but they won't budge.

I usually have to heat them or beat the snot of of them. Did you get them out? Here is an example of the "inside" clip type.

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-07-04 06:16 PM - Post#404614    
    In response to gchemist

If they have never been changed you'll need to heat them up. A lot of time when you heat them up you'll see the plastic come through those little holes, I believe those holes is how they fill the plastic stuff in there. I'v beat them enough to get them out without heating it, but its much easier if you heat them with a torch or something, propane or mapp gas torch should work too.

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-07-04 06:21 PM - Post#404615    
    In response to RebelLear

Be careful heating them up, hot grease is inside waiting to burn you. You can even cut them out with a torch but its messy. Heat them, give 'em a shot with a hammer, then use a vice and proper sized socket as a press to press em out. It's always easier beating on them when they are in a vice anyways. For God sakes, if they have clips, take em out before beating or you'll be there for a while.

Never force it, always use a bigger hammer... (that actually applies here)


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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-12-04 05:03 AM - Post#404616    
    In response to RebelLear

Your u-joint is held in with a plastic injection by the factory. This is the two pin points that you are referring to. You need to heat this area with a torch. Only heat until the plastic oozes out of the injection areas. Then you can remove the u-joint caps by normal means. You will have to replace the u-joint with the type that has the clips on the inside. When I was a mechanic this is how I did it.

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-12-04 08:06 AM - Post#404617    
    In response to shark55

The factory setup on my truck was the inner C-clips plus the injected nylon. So, don't forget the clips, even with the nylon...

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Re: Removing U Joints with no clips.
03-21-04 05:38 AM - Post#404618    
    In response to RebelLear

Thanks for all the help and advice. Just writitng to say the problem is solved. Had to heat them then press the u joints out. Thanks.

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