4-151. UNIVERSAL JOINT REPLACEMENT
This task covers: a. Removal
General Mechanics Tool Kit
U-Joint (Appendix E, Figure 99)
a. To remove rear U Joints, bend tabs of lockstrip (1)
down and remove two capscrews (2) and bearing cap
(3) from yoke (4).
b. Remove bearing caps (3) by using a large pair of pliers
on cap edges, turn retaining caps and bearing
subassembly at the same time lifting upward to
remove from the yoke (4)
Use soft round drift with flat face to prevent damage to
bearing while tapping.
c. Turn the joint over and tap the exposed end of the
journal cross (5) until the opposite needle bearing is
d. To remove front U-joints, remove the U-bolts (6), nuts
(7) and lockwashers (8) from the end yokes (9).
e. Slide the sleeve yoke (10) toward the shaft (11) to free
the bearings (12) from their seats between the
shoulders in the end yokes (9).
a. To install rear U-joints, position journal cross in yoke
(4) and carefully insert bearing cap assemblies (3) over
end of cross (5).
b. Install lockstrap (1) and two capscrews (2) at each
bearing cap assembly (3).
c. Bend tabs of lockstrap (1) to prevent loosening of
d. To install front U-joints, position the bearings (12) in
their slots between the shoulders in the end yokes (9).
e. Install U-bolts (6), lockwashers (8) and nuts (7).
f. Torque nuts to 20-24 ft-lb (27.1 to 32.5 N.m).