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Old 12-15-2011, 03:43 PM
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72 Dana 44 Ball Joints Axles

Hey Guys,
On a 1972 Dana 44 front 4x4 is the only thing holding the axls in
is the spindle? no "C clips" like a 10 or 12 bolt. They are like a full floater
where the axles just pull out after the spindle is unbolted????
I am doing upper and lower balls joints on my 67 with a 72 disk Dana 44.
Saw a guy at Les Schwab once do the ball joints without pulling the axles.
somehow he squirmed the spindle past the Ujoint on the axle. just bought a spanner socket and b-joint kit to do it myself as they want anywhere from
$500-$875 to do the job.
thanks for the info

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The axles will pull out, but unless you're changing the U joints, I'd leave them hanging in the housing. There is a seal that can only be accessed from the inside and you take a chance of damaging the seal on reinstall since you can't see it and you can barely "feel" it. You can remove the bearing spindle from the ball joint spindle assembly by taking off the (6?) bolts and gently tapping the spindle out. Then the assembly will come off leaving the axle in place, after you break the ball joints loose, of course. There is a small torrington style bearing in the back of the spindle as well as a seal, and this would be a good time to inspect, service, replace them as well as carefully check your axle joints for wear, free play. They should rotate smoothly throughout their arc with zero tight spots and no freeplay side to side or up and down. If they don't this is the perfect time to replace them. Good luck. By the way, if you do hurt that inner seal, you have to pull the ring gear carrier to replace them, which is a whole nother story....but now would be the time to replace them if there's a question.
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"speedbump" THANKS man, another ? please

after the spindles are out is when you go to work pressing
old out and new in of course, BUT how does a guy break them loose
to get the spindle out/off the axle housing? This is my first DANA 44
b-joint job. Done a ton of other standard A-arm type b-joints, but never this
set-up. Sounds as though you have done them a lot.
thanks again
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What I do, other results may vary. Take the lower ball joint nut off. Take the upper ball joint nut off and use your new spanner to loosen the preload sleeve up, then put the nut back on a few threads. Drive in a pickle fork between the upper ball and the housing just like you would in other ball joint changes. When the pickle fork is in pretty hard, smack the top of the steering nuckle with a big hammer, repeat as necessary. It should break loose reasonably and the nut should keep it from flying down and hurting something or someone. I've had the knuckle separate just with the pickle fork and if it does, great! If not, keeping the pickle fork wedged tight and a few smacks with the hammer will do the job. Then the fun begins.
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