Question about 1987 Jeep Cherokee
Replacing both u-joints on front axle .What size is the axle nut .
SOURCE: u-joint replacement
Yes, but the cost of the u-joints/cv-joints (both ends) plus the labor involved in swapping out the u-joints, make a good argument for just replacing the half shaft as a unit. It's a lot quicker and cleaner.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
You have to pull off the wheel, brake assembly, and rotor. If it is a 4x4, i suggest you take it to a mechanic. If it isn't, once you pull all that off you will see a little cap cover. take a small screwdriver and pop off the cap. There will be a clip. pull off the clip and pull out the axle bearing. Make sure you grease the axle bearings before you put the new one in. Then put it back together in the reverse of these instructions. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 02, 2009
take the rear cover off of the rear end. make sure you have something to let the fluid drain in. turn the carrier until you see a 5/16ths bolt. take the bolt out and let the pin in the center of the carrier slide down enough to be able to slide the axle inward. that will release the c-clip. then when the c-clip i removed you can just pull the axle out of the houseing but mak sure to not let the carrier spin any while you are pulling the axle out.
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
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Posted on Jul 28, 2009
If you have never done this work before it is a 6 of 10. If you have any experience at all, it's about a 4.
Basic instructions are to remove the center cap from the wheel and put it back on the car. Put car on the ground. Use a socket fitted with a solid breaker bar (not jointed) and use a 5foot pipe over the bar to break the axle nut free. (remove cotter pin before putting wheel back on) Nut torque is 175lbs so expect it to be tight.
Remove the wheel, caliper and rotor, remove the three 12point bolts from behind the hub bearing bot not all the way. Use a socket you don't want and place it on one of the 12 point bolts and hit it with a large hammer.
Alternate position of the socket from one side to the other so the bearing is driven out straight. Once the bearing is free, fully remove the bolts and pull the axle through the bearing hole in the knuckle.
When replacing the axle keep the end from dragging along the bottom of the axle tube. If that happens you risk pushing the inner seal next to the carrier bearing out of the tube (lots more work to replace that)
Remainder of the job is just putting everything back together..
Posted on Mar 22, 2010
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