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Old March 16th, 2014, 12:59 PM
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So in the process of greasing my u-joints yesterday I snapped the grease sert off the rear on the front shaft. Tried using tap/bolt remover, no luck. Looks like I'm just going to get 2 new joints and replace them. They could be oem and will most likely be heavily seized. As I have no garage to work in, vise, press, etc. it will take longer than typically necessary. I do not have time to get it done during the week as I work everyday and refuse to take my defender to any shop unless absolutely necessary, not getting a u-joint done at a shop, that's absurd.
My question is; do you think it will be ok through the week just to get to work and back? (30-40 miles/day) until u have time to tinker with it in the driveway? Hopefully it's warmer then too! Thanks!!
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So in the process of greasing my u-joints yesterday I snapped the grease sert off the rear on the front shaft. Tried using tap/bolt remover, no luck. Looks like I'm just going to get 2 new joints and replace them. They could be oem and will most likely be heavily seized. As I have no garage to work in, vise, press, etc. it will take longer than typically necessary. I do not have time to get it done during the week as I work everyday and refuse to take my defender to any shop unless absolutely necessary, not getting a u-joint done at a shop, that's absurd. My question is; do you think it will be ok through the week just to get to work and back? (30-40 miles/day) until u have time to tinker with it in the driveway? Hopefully it's warmer then too! Thanks!!
Yes probably fine and you can drive in 2wd with the diff locked once you pull the shaft if it has issues. If it is the front, it is the same as a disco I so you can just get a used one for cheap and have a spare.
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You're definitely going to lose your grease over time. If your bearings are good the loss of grease over the course of the week shouldn't be that big of a problem.
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Pack your newly found hole with JB weld and drive it until it becomes a problem.
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I like the JB idea. I also thought about a small self tapping screw....?
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I like the JB idea. I also thought about a small self tapping screw....?
The screw is a great idea. The JB weld may not set well on a greasy area.
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I like the JB idea. I also thought about a small self tapping screw....?
Did you try drilling it out? They are soft metal in my experience.
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Plug the hole and get some new U-joints put in next weekend. Even if they go out on you (roller bearings stop rolling and turn to powder) the likelihood of catastrophic failure in the next 200miles is minimal.
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Did you try drilling it out? They are soft metal in my experience.
I don't have my drill with me here in STL. I bought a nice tap/bolt remover with a nice bit and it gripped it but that thing would not budge. I figured it'd be easy but no. No biggie, I think once it warms up tomorrow I'll put a small self tapper in it and replace both joints on the front shaft this weekend (old school/trail style with a hammer, socket, vice grips and a piece of split log! Lol) thanks for the input fellas!
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I don't have my drill with me here in STL. I bought a nice tap/bolt remover with a nice bit and it gripped it but that thing would not budge. I figured it'd be easy but no. No biggie, I think once it warms up tomorrow I'll put a small self tapper in it and replace both joints on the front shaft this weekend (old school/trail style with a hammer, socket, vice grips and a piece of split log! Lol) thanks for the input fellas!
buy a 6" C-clamp for $15 to make the installation go easy
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buy a 6" C-clamp for $15 to make the installation go easy
Yep I use a C clamp and a socket to press them in and out.
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I do have a 6" c-clamp. Good idea. Thanks.
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If the C clamp doesn't work, you can always just take just the drive shaft in to a machine shop to have new U-joints pressed in.
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