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Re: Ujoints

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Subject: Re: Ujoints
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 12:40:59 -0700
Just my 2 cents: I usually manage to get them out & in using my bench 
vise as a press, with some arrangement of appropriate-sized sockets 
applying the force to the cap. But they are definitely way too tight for 
"tapping" out, as a rule. had this to say:

> Bill Saidel <> writes:
>>Anyway, as I was removing the rear flange bolts, holding the nut with a box
>>wrench and the head of the bolt with a socket wrench, I dropped the socket
>>wrench and my nose reacted promptly and magnificently. My son said, "I
>>thought that only happened in Jim Carey movies."  Nope.
>>Seriously, how do I remove the head caps? They seem to be quite stuck. The
>>rubber washer between the cap and the 'spider" is very soft making a hit
>>onto the inner side of the cap quite difficult. I've looked in Haynes,
>>Bentley, and Porter's refurbishing book and all described a similar
>>procedure which entails tapping on the yolk. When I do that, I hear clangs
>>but nothing moves. 
>With all due respect to Haynes, Porter, et al, they are all from a country 
>that included bicycle sized tyre irons in many car tool kits clear into the 
>60's, like you'd like to try to dismount a modern tubeless, beaded tyre with 
>one of those overglorified Kmart screwdrivers! Get serious with thing before 
>you wreck the yokes and have to donate over $200 (the price otherwise of a 
>very nice steering wheel) to the folks at moss. GO to your nearest auto 
>machine shop and have them press the buggers out, and press the new ones in. 
>The $20 you spend will be well worth it, in time and frustration to say 
>nothing of saving you from having to buy a new driveshaft. BTW I have had 
>ujoints on lbcs that were so stuck it took ALL the pressure available from a 
>6 ton press to knock them loose, so consider that while you hammer away in 
>futility.  <g>
>68 BGT (btw FOR SALE, nice very nice, 4500 or trade/offer)
>67 TR4A (ohmigosh how did that happen??!!!)


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
Runs great, 
looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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