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Rear prop shaft U-joint won't come off

I wanted to remove my U-joints to replace them but they won't come off. I pushed with sockets like shown on some videos but it's as if the space between the yokes and the shaft isn't wide enough. I tried with channel locks to grab the end cap but I was only able to remove 2 out of the 8 caps even though the caps come out a max of 1/8 of an inch.

It won't move !
I've tried both u-joints, going right or left and nothing I'm at limit, cant't go further !!

HELP !!!!!!

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Push the cap out as far as you can and get a vice grip and as tight as you can get it put it on the 1/4" of that cap that is pushed out and work it slowly back and forth while pulling it out. It's a PITA but it can be done.

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Thanks again buddy !

Different subject !!!!
Can I use blue loctite on the bolts that hold the yokes to the diff and transmission ?

Will work this out tonight

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Some U-joints love fight ya! i have had good luck with putting the cap in a vise and turning it. its a lot easier that way.

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Thanks again buddy !

Different subject !!!!
Can I use blue loctite on the bolts that hold the yokes to the diff and transmission ?

Will work this out tonight

Luc
Short answer is yes .
I use blue Loctite because I feel the yellow stuff is overkill .
Just be sure the threads ( male & female ) are free of oil before replacing the bolt .
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Thanks again buddy !

Different subject !!!!
Can I use blue loctite on the bolts that hold the yokes to the diff and transmission ?

Will work this out tonight

Luc
Short answer is yes .
I use blue Loctite because I feel the yellow stuff is overkill .
Just be sure the threads ( male & female ) are free of oil before replacing the bolt .
My service manual calls for Loctite 648 which is High Strength, Rapid Cure, there are probably quit a few equivalences available.

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Even with the caps sticking out almost 1/4 of an inch, they didn't move at all. Not even with vise grips, vise nor humongous channel locks. I even bent the handle on my vise !!!!!!
I ended taking 3/4" emery paper on a roll that I have. And on the cap, opposite of the one sticking out, the one that was inside the au joint, I wrapped an eight inch lenght of paper and did an up/down movement around the cap as to "sand" it and "reduce" it"s diameter. I then pushed it on the other side to make it stick out and now I was able to wiggle the cap off. Had to do this on all 8 corners !!!!

I ordered 2 original U joints but although they were in a BPR sealed bag with numbers, they were different. I guess that BPR CHANGED supplier !!!
I even had to grind a little bit one lip on one corner because the crosses wouldn't slide in between the holes. They looked like the ones from a Youtube video from ELEMENTAL ATV. I took his tip for the grinding. Thank God .

Now all done and will be putting my ride back on it's wheels .

Thanks to all for all the great help, videos and advise.

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