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2007 3500 4x4 trying to replace front dr. sd. u joint without killing sealed bearing with chisel or gear puller bearing wont move! torches?

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No good way to go about it. If you have an air hammer, see your local tool guy. They make a bit that hits off the hub bearing bolts to work it out. It works fairly well, but if theyre really stuck, get yourself a big hammer and start swinging.

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