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Old 01-15-2012, 06:53 PM
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drive shaft u joint question

Hey guys doing the u joints in my 75k20, got the rear drive shaft out all joints out no problem. The front drive shaft to the front axle the u joints were more stubborn. Finally got them out but noticed that inside where the caps slide into the shaft I got a small groove in both. The cap must have got cocked some on the way out. The. Groove is not really deep but I can catch it with my fingernail. I ran another u joint cap back into the shaftand installed it and it seemed to go in and come out fine. I have limited experience with this and want to know what my options are. Will this cause a problem or should I replace the yokes?

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:12 PM
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it should be ok
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Really? Glad to hear you say that. thanks.
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as long as the cap doesnt turn in the yoke (because then the bearings are not rolling) it should be fine

you can draw a line across the end of the cap on to the yoke to check it later and see if its spinning in the yoke

you could also use a small amount of some light duty lock tight on it
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Ok I will do that, thank you sir!
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One more question if I can about the rear drive shaft. It bolts to the rear end and to the back of the tcase and slips together in the middle. Problem is that I wanted to get all the old grease out of the part that slides together in the middle so I pulled it apart to clean it and it came apart before I remembered to mark the shaft. I put it back together with the ends lined up parallel hoping this is correct. I did notice it has some washer looking tabs welded on both ends on opposite sides for balancing I believe. Since the balance tabs are on opposite sides I think I have it right. Any suggestions.
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As long as you have them lined up like in the pic below then your fine.




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Cool, thank you!
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