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i got the driveshaft out. its a real pain to actually get the u joint out.
after i got the shaft off it still made the noise tracked it to passenger side wheel and axle bearing. so i took it to the shop. if it would have just been the u joints in the front dshaft id be done, if you know thats the only problem. you can do it your self
to get the shaft off you need a 12mm 12point socket,8mm socket, low profile socket wrench, pb blaster, a screw driver.
MARK with chalk or something the shaft and front differential so it goes back on right and stays balance
put the pb blaster on all the bolts. no go smoke a cig or something while you wait for pb to really get in there.
Then take the 2 straps off where it holds the shaft to front differential, 2 8mm bolts on each side so 4 total,
Then drop the skid plate, right under the driveshaft. i think its 4 10mm bolts
Now you and get the 4 12mm 12pt bolts out.
its a bit tricky
stick a screw driver or something in between the u joints, to stop shaft from spinning, now you put the socket on there. use it to break the bolts theres no space to take them out with the socket if you try you will get it stuck. after your break the bolts use a 12mm 12pt end of the wrench. to get them fully out.
now all the bolts are out and the shaft will not come down. if you look close around where the 4 12mm bolts you just took out will be another hole you can get a flat head in and pry lightly. the hole is half covered by the shaft end and when you put the flat head in there you separate the shaft from where you took them 12pt 12mm bolts out
for the differential part, hit it with a rubber mallet a few times if it does not come lose then you have to lightly pry it, not to much force something can break, and make sure you have a good place to pry from
Once you get it out use needle nose pliers and pb blaster and a flat screw driver
spary pb on the clips holding the u joints in then use plyers to open it up and pry it out with a screw driver. theres 4 clips for each u joint. 8 total
once you do that, some how press the old u joints out, using a vise or a press or something. or take it to a shop and have them do it and put it together and you reinstall it your self.
good luck. i do most work my self and always encourage some one to do it the self. you learn alot and its a great feeling gettin in your truck and gettin down the road knowing your fixed it and you did it right.
Let me know how thing go. if you need a tip let me know. im here to help
Last edited by 6.0guy; 01-23-2013 at 06:32 AM.