"Peter S." wrote:
> I disconnect the joints from the diff. they are very loose. I ordered a
> pair from SpitBits yesterday. Don't know what type I'm getting. Can't
> believe its also doing the work of a suspension member. Manual says not to
> leave the grease nipples in place as they can foul.
> Should I just remove the whole hub-shaft-brake unit as a whole or try to
> remove the joint from the splines of the shaft?
The longer grease nipples (long enough to be useful) stick out so far
that if you experience a major flexing of the U-Joint, it will be broken
off. The ideal situation is to screw it in, grease the joint and then
remove it, replacing the zerk with a plug.
Although I have heard people say they have replaced the U-Joints with
the axles still in the car, I recommend removing them. Sure, you will
have to bleed the brakes, but it is much easier to change out the joints
on the bench.
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