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97 3/4T (REPAIRING) Axle u-joint

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by kingriver, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. kingriver

    kingriver Senior Member
    from alaska
    Messages: 217

    Hello. Just jacked up the truck and realized where the clicking was coming from, axle u-joint is toast... do I need any special tool to replace this or does the hub hold the axle in ?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated,,,,,,
     
  2. mrv8outboard

    mrv8outboard Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    You will need a puller to remove the hub assembly. Check the ball joints because it is easier to now than later. Some have had success with just backing the bolts out and turning the wheel with the engine running to pop the hub loose / out.
     
  3. kingriver

    kingriver Senior Member
    from alaska
    Messages: 217

    (JUST FOR ANYONE'S INFORMATION)
    WHEN - IF YOU NEED TO HAVE THE AXLE U-JOINT REPLACED. SNAPON SELLS THIS UNIT IT IS ABOUT 5" LONG 1" IN DIAMETER, YOU BACK THE HUB BOLTS OUT ALMOST ALL THE WAY BUT LEAVE THEM IN A FEW THREADS, THEN HAVE SOMEONE GET INTO THE TRUCK, START IT AND TURN THE POWER STEERING JUST SLIGHTLY WHILE YOU USE THIS TOOL TO PUSH THE AXLE ASSEMBLY OUT,, ACTUALLY PRETTY DARN QUICK WITH THIS ONE SIMPLE TOOL

    THE KING:mechanic:
     
  4. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Those of us who worked at dealerships opted for a socket, goes in behind the ear of the axle and against the axle tube. Be sure the axle nut is still on and tight or you will separate the bearing. Starting the engine and turning the wheel will push the bearing out of the hub.
     
  5. kingriver

    kingriver Senior Member
    from alaska
    Messages: 217

    my mechanic uses this snap on tool ,,,, axle puller... and you are saying that using the power steering to push the hub off will separate the bearing..an how can you remove the hub if you leave the axle nut on ?
     
  6. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    If you use a standard design axle puller you greatly run the risk of separating the unit bearings- the socket behind the hub concept is a "safer" option.