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How do I remove the front u-joints on my '97 6cyl 3.0 4wd? I am replacing the front rotors and pads, noticed the universals are worn and figured I'd get it done in 1 shot. But I'm stumped as to how to remove them.
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Pull the clips and press the caps out. If you've never done them, they can be a little tricky especially if they're rusted. Easiest way to do them in the truck is with the tool, otherwise using a C-clamp and sockets. If it's inaccessible then pulling the shaft and using a vice and sockets works also.
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Pulling the drivers side shaft is easy as removing the hub from the spindle then pulling it out, the pass side is a whole different story.

Pass shaft is held in the "pig" (center section) with a locking clip....that means you gotta take the whole diff/axle apart basically. You can replace that clip with a spring for future ease of removal, but not the first time.

Much more info on The Ranger Station for the TTB front axle Rangers, read up on there for a while and you will see what I'm talking about.

Also, while you have that shaft out, might as well do the inner ujoint on the pass side.
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Pull the clips and press the caps out. If you've never done them, they can be a little tricky especially if they're rusted. Easiest way to do them in the truck is with the tool, otherwise using a C-clamp and sockets. If it's inaccessible then pulling the shaft and using a vice and sockets works also.
Thanks, I'm familiar with the interior set of u-joints with the retaining clips closest to the diff. It is the u-joints right behind the wheel/caliper that I can't figure out. I'd really hate to pull the shaft but I will if needed.
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did U figure this out, I am having the same problem on my 94.

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