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U-joint clip

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Asgard, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Mar 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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    Asgard

    Asgard [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I changed my u-joint last month and today after washing the undercarriage of my truck I noticed the 3 of the 4 clips aren't seated properly. Should I be concerned ? The crack at the top of the driveshaft is superficial, more like a scrape.


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  2. Mar 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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    fixer5000

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    i think id remove them and clean out the grooves and reinstall em
     
  3. Mar 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    ^^^ This.

    It looks like you mauled the channel when you removed the cap. Try to fix it, if not it might need replacement.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    Cap's not deep enough you may have a roller that fell out between the yoke and the cap if that's the case it will soon fail. Better try it again.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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    OK, I'm gonna remove the clip and clean out the grooves and see if that fixes it. Thanks.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    I Dont think you should drive like that. From the picture it looks like your yoke on the shaft is cracked. If thats true then this thing will fall appart when you driving potentially killing you or somebody else on the road.
    Your DS looks like its done

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  7. Mar 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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    Asgard

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    Like I pointed out in my first post, it's not a crack. I am going to take it to a driveshaft shop in the morning and hear what they have to say. I think the caps aren't seated properly.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    Looks like crack.. also you have chunks missing from the other side. This will not hold bearing cap.
    Plus it looks like whole thing is bended out of shape. probably Thats why clip does not fit anymore.
     
  9. Mar 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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    I'll keep you posted.
     
  10. Mar 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    X2 , looks like the crack goes in and turns 90 degrees
     
  11. Mar 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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    WTF? that shaft is f^cked with the hammer blows on that yoke.

    Go find another driveshaft out of a wreck and someone else to do the maintenance on it. Hammer, screwdriver and a rag method works on 70 year old tractors not modern autos.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    Well I changed the whole shaft, got an '07 from a salvage yard. Won't be letting those guys near my driveshaft again, they usually carry it to a machine shop to press in the u-joints (as the other two) but this time it's like they tried to do it themselves with the wrong tools.
     
  13. Mar 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    a vice and a socket work usualy pretty well. why would someone hammer the shit out of them?
     
  14. Mar 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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    Looks like it was installed with an axe
     
  15. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    When Workman did not have access to a vice, he used the hammer and flathead screwdriver method multiple times on his 79 F150. You can take a flathead screwdriver and place it on the inside edge of one of the U joint caps inside the drive shaft yolk. Then you can pound the shit out of it, with the clip taken out, and with a little effort get the cap to slide out of the yolk. Then pound the shit out of the opposite cap, and the U joint will come out. This is most likely how the OP got his u joint out. WD or PB blaster helps a lot with this BTW.

    Workman would never do this to his Tacoma's drive shaft, as He believes it is made of aluminum??? Pounding the shit out of it would break or bend the aluminum pretty easily, and Workman hates to pound shit if its gonna break. Pretty old school technique that works but in today's world it has obvious consequences, as seen from the above photos....even on Workman's old 79 it wasn't the best method. But that truck was a 4x4 BEAST and only cost $1500, much less than His Tacoma:cool: It would go more places 4x4 too, with its 390/C6/NP 205/ Dana 44 front and Ford 9in rear, Workman loved this truck. He hated 7 MPG around town.
     
  16. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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    I wouldn't drive a truck with a broken drive shaft yolk, even a slight crack. I had a friend in high school who banged out a u joint out with the ol hammer and screwdriver trick and must have broken the yolk on the drive shaft just a tad....

    The front drive shaft yolk broke when he was hauling ass down a dirt road, maybe 40-50MPH, caught on the road, and flipped his truck basically ass over front seriously injuring two passengers. He was lucky to come out unharmed. Both people survived but it was VERY shitty.

    Just a heads up
     
  17. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    Workman sounds stupid when he talks like this.


    Looks like a monkey with a hammer had his way with this shaft. Its pretty much fuked. You should have a drive line shop weld a new yoke on that and rebalance it.
     
  18. Mar 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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    Meh, Workman cares not what you or anyone else thinks of him on the internet. For entertainment purposes only:lalala:

    Oh, and Workman has read multiple posts by Utard that He thought were fucking Utarded....the difference is Workman is kidding, and Utard is trying to be serious:cookiemonster:
     
  19. Mar 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    Landphil thinks this post is funny. Landphil thinks Workman's posts are unique, but not bad, stoopid, or utarded.:cool:

    And these shafts are steel, not aluminum.
     
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