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Right axel outer universal joint needs to be replaced? How do you replace it.

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Removal & Installation


See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.



CAUTION Brake linings may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a known cancer-causing agent. When working on brakes, remember that the dust which accumulates on the brake parts and/or in the drum may contain asbestos. Always wear a protective face covering, such as a painter's mask, when working on the brakes. NEVER blow the dust from the brakes or drum! There are solvents made for the purpose of cleaning brake parts. Use them!

  1. Remove the wheels and brake assemblies.

Refer to Brakes for the proper procedures concerning brake removal.
  1. Remove the cotter pin, locknut and axle hub nut.
  2. Remove the hub-to-knuckle attaching bolts.
  3. Remove the hub and splash shield from the steering knuckle.
  4. Remove the left axle shaft from the housing.

  1. If equipped with Command-Trac, disconnect the vacuum harness from the shift motor and remove the shift motor from the housing.

Remove the right axle shaft from the housing.


remove c clips from u joint remove caps install new u joint install clips

To install:

  1. Insert the left and right axle shafts into the axle tube.
  2. To install the right axle shaft (with Command-Trac) first be sure that the shift collar is in position on the intermediate shaft and that the axle shaft is fully engaged in the intermediate shaft end.
  3. If equipped with Command-Trac, install the shift motor, making sure that the fork engages with the collar. Tighten the bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
  4. On the left side, install the axle shaft in the housing.
  5. Partially fill the hub cavity of the knuckle with chassis lube and install the hub and splash shield.
  6. Tighten the hub bolts to 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm).
  7. Install the hub washer and nut. Tighten the nut to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm). Install the locknut. Install a new cotter pin.
  8. Install the brake assemblies.
  9. Lower the vehicle.

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