Question about 1997 GMC Sonoma
GO TO HARBOR FREIGHT AND BUY THEIR BALL JOINT AND BEARING PRESS CLAMP. IT ONLY COSTS ABOUT 30 BUCKS. IT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF AFTER 1 USE. SECONDLY. IF THIS U-JOINT WAS A FACTORY ORIGINAL THEN IT MUST BE HEATED UP BY A TORCH FOR 10-15 MINUTES. ON THE SIDE OF THE U-JOINT YOU WILL SEE A SMALL HOLE THATS WHERE THE NYLON GLUE WAS INJECTED. THE FACTORY USED A NYLON COMPOSITE GLUE THAT IS EXTREMELY STRONG. YOU MUST HEAT THE U-JOINT BEARING FOR ABOUT 10-15 MINUTES. AFTER 10-15 MINUTES OF HEATING A WHITE STREAM OF GLUE WILL SHOOT OUT OF THE HOLE LIKE A LITTLE WORM. CONTINUE TO HEAT BOTH SIDES. THEN COOL DOWN IN WATER AND PRESS OUT WITH THE BEARING PRESS. I JUST DID THIS LAST MONTH ON MY SON'S SONOMA. HIS HAD 3 U-JOINTS AND WE DID THE JOB IN ABOUT 2 HOURS. BELEIVE ME IF YOU DONT HEAT THE BEARING UP(IF ITS THE FACTORY BEARING) IT WILL BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET IT OUT......ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 I WOULD GIVE THIS JOB A 4.
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
It usually presses on the splined portion after removal and disassembly of the back half of the driveshaft. That means you'll need a press to get it off and then the new one back on. Amazing things can be done with hammers so I wouldn't write off that method but having it pressed is always going to be the easy way.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
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