How to Install U-Joints on a Dodge Ram 1500

Save

The Dodge Ram 1500's driveshaft operates to transfer the power produced by the engine and the transmission to the rear wheels, as the Ram is a rear-wheel driven vehicle. The back of the driveshaft attaches to the differential with one U-joint; the front of the driveshaft attaches to the back of the transmission at the transmission's yoke. Unfortunately, U-joints require periodic replacement, as worn U-joints can result in a noticeable vibration when the truck is operated.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench Snap-ring pliers Pliers Rubber mallet
  • Remove the driveshaft from the differential and the transmission. The driveshaft must be removed from the differential first. The driveshaft is attached to the differential with two U-bolts. Each U-bolt has two nuts located at both tips of each U-bolt, which can be removed with a wrench. Once the U-bolts have been removed, pull the driveshaft away from the differential, then pull it towards the back of the truck to remove the driveshaft from the transmission.

  • Remove the snap-rings from the sides of both the front and rear U-joints. These snap-rings hold the U-joint's bearings into place. The snap-rings are located in the sides of the U-joints, and can easily be removed with snap-ring pliers.

  • Remove the bearings for each U-joint. Use a large punch to drive one side of each U-joint bearing towards the center of the U-joint, which will push the bearing on the opposite side of the U-joint out. When the bearing on the opposite side of the U-joint is exposed, grasp the bearing with a pair of pliers and pull the bearing out and away from the U-joint. Drive the free end of each U-joint in the opposite direction, and use the pliers to remove the remaining bearing.

  • Clean both sides of the driveshaft where the U-joints sit to ensure that no debris are present.

  • Insert the new U-joints into the driveshaft, then install the bearings onto the sides of the U-joints. Place each bearing of the side of the U-joint, then drive the bearing into place with a rubber mallet. Compress a new snap-ring with snap-ring pliers, position the snap-ring against the side of the bearing, then release the pressure on the snap-ring pliers to install the snap-rings.

  • Install the transmission's yoke to the U-joint at the front of the driveshaft. Slide the free end of the front U-joint through the circular ends of the yoke, then install the bearings in the same manner described in Step 5.

  • Install the driveshaft onto the truck. Begin by sliding the transmission's yoke into the rear of the transmission. Then position the U-joints at the back of the driveshaft against the differential. Slide the two U-bolts over the side's of the U-joint and into the differential, then install and tighten the four nuts at the tips of the U-joint with a wrench to complete the installation.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

How To Travel For Free With Reward Points

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!