See Figures 1 and 2
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 3 and 4
- Raise the vehicle and support it safely with jackstands.
- Place a suitable drain pan under the transfer case and driveshaft to catch any fluid that may drip out.
Mark the driveshaft and flanges so they can be reassembled in their original position.
- Remove the driveshaft slip yoke boot clamp using a wire cutter or equivalent. Discard the clamp.
- Remove the bolts securing the driveshaft to the front axle. Slide the driveshaft out from the transfer case. When removed, note the wide-tooth spline on the driveshaft. During installation, this spline must align correctly with the corresponding opening in the transfer case.
- Apply a light coating of grease to the splines of the driveshaft.
- Slide the driveshaft into the transfer case, making sure the wide-tooth spline slides into the corresponding groove in the transfer case.
- Position and connect the driveshaft to the front axle using the retainer bolts. Tighten the bolts to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-41 Nm).
- Slide the slip yoke boot over the lip on the transfer case, and secure in place using a new clamp.
- Lower the vehicle.
See Figures 5, 6 and 7
- Remove the driveshaft from the vehicle and place on a clean surface.
- Mark the position of the U-joint components in relation to the driveshaft. To maintain proper driveshaft balance, these components must be installed in the same location.
- Clamp U-joint tool T74P-4635-C or equivalent into a vise.
- Remove the snaprings from the U-joint bearing caps.
- Position the slip yoke of the U-joint in the clamp tool and press out the bearing.
- Remove the slip yoke from the clamp tool, then rotate it 180° and position in the vise. Press the bearing to remove the spider. Remove the yoke from the spider.
- Remove the remaining bearing in the same manner.
Universal joint kits are to be installed as a complete kit. Never mix components from other U-joints
- Start a new bearing cup into the yoke of the driveshaft.
- Position the spider in the driveshaft yoke and press the bearing 1 / 4 in. (6.3mm) below the yoke surface using the clamp.
- Remove the driveshaft from the clamp, and install a snapring over the new bearing.
- Start a new bearing cup in the opposite yoke. Place the assembly in the clamp and press the bearing in place. When complete, install another snapring over this bearing to lock in place.
- Install the remaining bearing in the same manner. Make sure to install a snapring after each bearing has been pressed in place.
- Before installing the driveshaft into the vehicle, make sure the U-joint rotates in all directions easily. If the joint binds, use a plastic-faced hammer and tap on the driveshaft yoke-side of the joint to seat the bearing.
- If the driveshaft is equipped with a grease fitting, apply a premium long life grease to the joint assembly.
- Install the driveshaft into the vehicle. Refer to the procedure in this section.