In this video I am working on replacing both front axle u-joints and the wheel bearings on a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. I show how to do it with a cutting torch and the possible problems you could have along the way. -Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “Replacing u-joint: cutting torch edition”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony Barnett says:

    Does the plastic seal that you left out keep water from running down the shaft into the u-joint and bearing assembly?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David 326 says:

    great video, good to see how professionals work.
    I did my jeep front axle u joint at home.
    without oxy torch and big air hammer, it was a pain in the hoha. I was able to remove the bolts with 13mm 12point socket. Took a while with 3 jaw puller to remove the wheel hub, as the hub was rusted on the axle.
    first tried to hammer out the u joint, then a ball joint press, it wasn't budging (yes, I removed all the clips). I was worried I would bend the ears. So I used a grinder to cut off the u joints. and pushed the caps off with pitman arm puller.
    hope this helps someone.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 505 fast life says:

    How can I tell if the front u joint is bad on my Dodge Ram 2500? When I turn right the steering jerks like something is binding up?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julian Reid says:

    it looks like the shaft IS BENT?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Widlund says:

    Sandpaper & a 1/4 inch cotterpin, works too.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Widlund says:

    Great attitude when working on those 3 bolts. Be fun to work with him.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Osborne says:

    What brand is that vice ?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dorngrunder says:

    Yay, SKF = Svenska kullager fabriken (The Swedish ball bearing factory)

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Stewart says:

    When putting the caps on you should visibly inspect no needle bearings have come out and lay sideways inside the cap. If they do cap will go on, but you can’t get snap ring in. Thus having to remove the cap again. Done this more than once before.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Thompson says:

    good show i always freeze u joint bearings stay in place when you drop caps ha ha caps go in much easier mostly your suppose to drop 1 cap to make the job interesting thank you you make it look easy!!!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Thompson says:

    torch is not to small they are mixing propane in to rip us off not near as hot another to empty the slaves wallet like our gas and heating oil with 80 btu per gal. alcohol not 140 btu s

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Boardwine says:

    Been there done that, I usually replace the hubs also

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy Smith says:

    2010 is the 3.8 minivan turd engine… 2012 was the first year of the 3.6!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Getz says:

    Always willing to watch a part two.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adam Steffen says:

    Fun fact. Axles aren't cast, they're HCS so if you get them too hot you can ruin the temper

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyler Williams says:

    a how to cutting torque video would be great i feel

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars N. B. P. Davenport says:

    Heat on the Yoke the Caps push right out not a problem

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars echoechokilo 1 says:

    PITA!!!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Weber says:

    Looking good.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Durnell says:

    Hey Eric can I put a new 7.3 crate motor in my 2007 F-150 SuperCrew that has a 5.4 Triton in it right now do you think the motor mounts are line up I know I'll have to change the computer system around but that's no problem I just want the big motor

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wolfrig2000 says:

    I'm pricing this with a mechanic right now for my Jeep

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jay s says:

    did mine on my 95 ram 1500 with a ballpeen hammer i have never had to cut them out

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Winkler says:

    I really enoy your schooling on repairs.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Robbins says:

    I’m sure glad my 2010 wrangler wasnt that crusty when I had to take it apart a couple of yrs back cause I dont have a torch or a Big Nasty…

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bobby shafia says:

    why u using a blow torch to do a u joint did u work at a junk yard

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geonerd says:

    I'm just here for the wanton CARNAGE!!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Strong says:

    man i thought we had rust you win

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chavez496 says:

    “Enhance Enhance…nice super troopers reference!!!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Snirtman says:

    Is that little slotted arbor for sanding the ID of holes homemade or can you buy those?

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Kubash says:

    Your brass hammer set is mint!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Kubash says:

    I have had real good luck with my ball joint press for u-joints. I heat the GM u-joints that have the plastic injected instead of the clips but like you said it is dangerous I had a bearing cap explode out and knocked out the flourecent tubes on my shop light. The wheel bearing though it was a 'tough guy' but it seen things your way! lol

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars brad robert says:

    Had a girlfriend tell me that one night .flip me over and drive it home

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Petrick says:

    I’m 73 now and USED TO do most of the work to my cars myself. I can still relate to the satisfaction you obviously get from doing the job right. Being willing to share your techniques and tricks of the trade says a lot about who you are. And seeing Mrs. O, your little girl, and your pups just amplify your values as a person. If I were closer you’d get all my business.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars blacksaxcam says:

    This gets a two-years-late thumbs up for the singing

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kelly Appel says:

    Yeah, when the bolts look like that, why even mess with the thread side? Just blow the heads off and break out you know who…

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    I've been a mech for 50 or 60 years and I still like watching a savvy mech Mr Obracktla. Ya'll may be Polish but your grandparents weren't in the Katyn Forest. If you want to read a book about Poland before ww2, read The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski and your eyes will bug out.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Lister says:

    I enjoy your videos Eric, been fixing cars for 45 years now mostly auto body. I live on Cape Cod so multiply your rust issues. Years ago a friend gave me a scaling gun or sometimes called a needle gun. It is a shipyard tool that vibrates loose rust off without damaging metal. Great for cleaning up hubs and other suspension parts.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Jim morrison late doors singers