REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
- Raise the vehicle and safely support the vehicle.
- Mark the relative positions of the driveshaft yokes on the transmission and differential housing flanges for purposes of assembly.
- Remove the nuts and bolts which retain the front and rear driveshaft sections to the transmission and differential housing flanges.
- Remove the support bearing housing from the driveshaft tunnel, and lower the driveshaft and universal joint assembly as a unit.
- Pry up the lock washer and remove the support bearing retaining nut.
- Pull off the rear section of the driveshaft with the intermediate universal joint and splined shaft of the front section. The support bearing may now be pressed off from the driveshaft.
- Remove the support bearing from its housing.
- For removal of the universal joints from the driveshaft, refer to Universal Joint Overhaul in this section.
- Inspect the driveshaft sections for straightness. Using a dial indicator, or rolling the shafts along a flat surface, make sure that the driveshaft out-of-round does not exceed 0.010 inches (0.25mm). Do not attempt to straighten a damaged shaft. Any shaft exceeding 0.010 inches (0.25mm) out-of-round will cause substantial vibration, and must be replaced. Also, inspect the support bearing by pressing the races against each other by hand and turning them in opposite directions. If the bearing binds at any point, it must be discarded and replaced.
- Install the support bearing into its housing.
- Press the support bearing and housing onto the front driveshaft section.
- Push the splined shaft of the rear section (with the intermediate universal joint and rear driveshaft section) into the splined sleeve of the front section.
- Install the retaining nut and lock washer for the support bearing.
Pay particular attention to the placement of the yokes at the end of the shaft. They must be in the same alignment front and rear or driveline vibration will be induced.
- Taking note of the alignment marks made prior to removal, position the driveshaft and universal joint assembly to its flange and install but do not tighten its retaining nuts and bolts.
- Position the support bearing housing to the driveshaft tunnel and install the retaining nut.
- Tighten the nuts which retain the driveshaft sections to the transmission and differential housing flanges to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Road test the vehicle and check for driveline vibrations.
See Figures 3, 4, 5 and 6
- Remove the driveshaft and universal joint assembly as previously outlined.
- Clean off the dirt from the surrounding area and remove the snaprings, which secure the needle bearings in the yokes, with a snapring pliers. If the rings are difficult to loosen, apply rust penetrant and tap the ring lightly with a hammer and punch.
- Lightly mount the shaft in a vise and adjust its position so that the yoke is supported by the jaws. If at all possible, do not tighten the vise onto the tubular shaft; it can be easily deformed.
- Using a plastic mallet, tap on the shaft flange until the bearing cup(s) protrude about 0.2 inch (5mm). Do not tap on the tubular shaft.
- Leaving the flange clamped in the vise, lift the driveshaft and insert a piece of wood or a hammer handle under the shaft. Gently press down on the driveshaft; this will lever the bearing cap upwards. Once all are removed, clean the seats in the driveshaft and flange. Clean the spider and needle bearings completely. Check the contact surfaces for wear. Replace any worn or broken parts. If the old needle bearings and spider are to be reused, fill them with molybdenum disulfide chassis grease, and make sure that the rubber seals are not damaged. If new needle bearings are used, fill them half-way with the grease.
- Remove the bearing caps and seals from the new spider. Make sure that the needle bearings and seals are in place within the cups.
- Position the spider into the flange yoke. Place one of the bearing cups on the spider and tap the cup until it is firmly seated.
- Using the vise and a sleeve of proper size, press the cup into place in the yoke. The cup should project through the yoke about 0.1-0.2 inch (2.5-5.0mm). Install the snapring (circlip). Make sure the spider is centered within the yoke.
- Repeat the previous pressing operation on the opposite side of the flange yoke. Note that when the second bearing cup is pressed into place, the first bearing cup is pressed against its snapring.
- Fit the spider into the driveshaft yoke. Place and press each bearing cup into place following the procedures above.
- Release the assembly from the vise. Check the new joint for free motion in all dimensions. If any stiffness or binding is present, remount the assembly in the vise (as described previously) and LIGHTLY tap the spider ends with a plastic mallet.
Driveshaft balancing is a process best left for a professional with the proper equipment. Makeshift methods using hose clamps or similar devices can work, but the process of correcting the imbalance in this manner is very tough and extremely time consuming.
Many machine shops can balance driveshafts; some parts stores and jobbers can also balance driveshafts using outside contractors.