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Postby colinh » Tue 04 May 2010 8:08 pm

About to swap the UJ's on the front propshaft on my 110 300tdi defender. Seems ok after reading the manual however I have some memory of being told that it can be a mare. Is it the bolts which are difficult to get off because you cant get a socket on it?

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Postby OG. » Tue 04 May 2010 10:06 pm

They can be a mare to get the 9/16" propshaft nuts off, the cups can seize in the yokes and there are 2 different sizes of UJ so make sure you get the right one....
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Postby anthony » Tue 04 May 2010 10:21 pm

and the rollers can go everywhere if you don't keep an eye on them :lol:
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Postby idm » Wed 05 May 2010 1:11 pm

There is a special 'tool' for removing propshaft bolts - it consists of an elongated and thin walled 9/16" socket. I'd done a few before I got use of one of these and couldn't believe how much easier it was.... I then bought one and haven't looked back!

You can buy them here:

http://shop.difflock.com/difflock-props ... -p-29.html

(not essential but does make life easier)

As for changing the UJ's, like what the others said... only tip is lots of grease (helps hold the rollers in) and once you have one cap out it can be used to help push the others out - a suitable sized socket does the same job (maybe a bit better as you can use a smaller one and it won't get stuck!). Also the last one I did required quite a lot of 'persuasion' to get moving - just be gentle with the new UJ!

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Postby Denzil » Wed 05 May 2010 6:54 pm

A large vice helps to press the cups in. I find a large nut a bit smaller than the cup can be used to push them the last bit. Just do it slowly and be careful to keep everything pushing straight. If the cup goes solid with a 1/16" to go, it means a roller has fallen over and you need to get them out and start again!
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Postby colinh » Thu 06 May 2010 7:01 pm

Thanks for the tips. I like the look of the prop shaft socket but £20 seems quite a lot given how little use it will get. Is it possible to grind a socket down a bit so it would fit?

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Postby farmerboy_y2k » Thu 06 May 2010 8:19 pm

colinh wrote:Thanks for the tips. I like the look of the prop shaft socket but £20 seems quite a lot given how little use it will get. Is it possible to grind a socket down a bit so it would fit?

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I've got a propshaft nut tool and it does make it quicker, but 2 open ended spanners does the job.
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Postby colinh » Sat 08 May 2010 8:13 pm

Just a quick thanks,

Got the job done today - turned out not to bad. I bought a 9/16 socket and it went on no probs. Sorted for only a couple of quid.

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