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front axle shaft universal joint

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jacob land and, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. jacob land and

    jacob land and LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    does anyone know how to replace both front axle shaft universal joints on a 2000 dodge ram 1500 W/ 4 wheel drive, i got an estimate at the shop for 3.5 hours of labor so that made me a little nervous about taking the project on but i know i can handle it and i cant afford to have it do at the shop right now so that is a good motivating factor also, any help would be appreciated
  2. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    pick up a service manual at your local parts house. look it over and see if you want to tackle the job. If you do the manual will help you through it.
  3. jacob land and

    jacob land and LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    is there anyone who can give me a little more detail to the project
  4. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 517

    That is a bit*h of a job, you have to remove the hub bearing assembly to get the axle out. The dodge is one of the hardest hub bearing i have ever removed.
    3 1/2 is right in a shop, at home in your garage add a few hours. Most of them have to have the bolts heated to get them loose. I have changed several over the years on the dodges i have owned and have seen several changed in the tire shop i used to work in. There is ususally alot of sweating, busted knuckles and don't forget the swearing.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    did the one on my 01 last winter. pull the tire off remove the brakes and rotor, remove the cotter pin and axle nut, now the fun starts remove the 3 bolts that hold the wheel bearing to the spindle, they may snap but you will probably have to replace the wheel bearing anyway. After you get all three out get a very sharp and thin chisel and hammer it in between the bearing flange and the spindle it will take alot of work and chances are it will get ruined in the process so have on there when you start after you get it out you can pull the shaft out to do the u-joints and spend the extra couple of $$$ and get decent ones. if you have any ? send me a PM
  6. jacob land and

    jacob land and LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    yea thanks for the help guys but i went and talked to my dodge service tech. about it and the next mornig it was in the shop and that afternoon i was driving home broke but relaxed

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