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I am trying to remove a universal joint on a 2004 ford f150

I have removed the drive shaft but am unable to free the universal joint

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Please provide what the problem is with removing the shaft exactly. I am a Ford dealer tech and can help if i can understand what exactly the issue it.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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i have the same noise to my 2005 ford f-150
i beleive its a frozen bearing in the universal

does your truck also ingage its self into 4 wheel and make a loud noise
only way to stop it is to stop the truck or shift into 4 high on the go
only happens when it wants 3 times a day or not for a week

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