Universal joints are located throughout your vehicle from the steering shaft to the driveline ends. U-joints are serviceable four-point members that join two shafts or mechanical pieces that must rotate and change degree without binding. While U-joints are incredibly durable, they can still break. Two of the most common U-joints failures occur within the front axleshaft and also where the driveshaft connects to the differential yoke. Even though a damaged shaft can ruin your wheeling day, a broken U-joint will only cause a brief pause in it, if you have the right tools and spare parts onboard. Complied here are a few tips on how to quickly get your U-joint swapped, no matter if you're on the trail or in the garage. In addition to the basic tools you'll need to remove the shaft from the vehicle, there are a few core tools to have on hand for swapping out a U-joint. The essentials consist of a hammer, needle-nose or snap-ring pliers, and two sockets, one big and one small.In addition to the basic tools you'll need to remove the shaft from the vehicle, there are Snap rigs are what secure the U-joint in place. In driveline applications the U-joint snap rings are generally located on the outside of the caps; on front axleshafts look for the snap rings to be located between the joint cap and body. If you don't have a set of snap-ring pliers, a good set of needle-nose pliers and a small flathead screwdriver can remove and install the rings.Snap rigs are what secure the U-joint in place. In driveline applications the U-joint snap With the snap rings removed, place a large socket under one side of the joint opening and a smaller socket atop the cap opening on the opposite side. By tapping the smaller socket with a hammer, you will feed the joint into the large socket.With the snap rings removed, place a large socket under one side of the joint opening and Once you have driven the U-joint cap out you can remove the joint easily. If this is being done on an axleshaft then you'll simply repeat the process to remove the joint from both shaft ends.Once you have driven the U-joint cap out you can remove the joint easily. If this is being To install the new U-joint, place the shaft over the U-joint cap, being careful not to displace the needle bearings within, then insert the joint body. Lightly tap on shaft end until the cap ends are set in place. Once in, install the new snap rings, making sure that they sit properly in their allotted groove.To install the new U-joint, place the shaft over the U-joint cap, being careful not to dis By Ali Mansour Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!