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post #1 of 10 Old 02-09-2007, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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How do I remove my damn front driveshaft?

I spent 45 minutes under my Durango tonight trying to pull my front driveshaft off so I can overhaul the thing (new centering ball in the CV unit, new u-joints all around). I pulled the 4 big bolts that appear to hold the circular plate on the differential-side yoke to the circular plate on the differential, and the four small bolts that hold the transfer case side yoke onto the transfer case. The yoke on the transfer case side wanted to seperate fine, but the circular plates on the differential side just kind of spun and would not come off, like they were attached in the middle. I tried tapping it with a rubber mallet, but had no luck, it won't budge. What the hell am I missing?

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-09-2007, 09:57 AM
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can you post a pic?

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if the flange bolts are off it should come apart. Use a pry bar.

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if the flange bolts are off it should come apart. Use a pry bar.
Yup, that's the easy way.

I have noticed that if I haven't taken my driveshaft off in a while then they tend to not come apart easily. A chisel or screwdriver and a hammer work very well for me.
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Awesome, that seems to be the general consensus on the other forum I posted on too. That or beat the hell out of the flange with a rubber mallet.

Good deal guys, you saved my ass again. I may do a pictorial writeup on pulling the front shaft and replacing the U-joints if anyone would be interested.

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Seperating Flange From Coupler

I used a large chisel and hammer and tapped at different locations around circumfrence to eventually seperate one from the other . Chance are they are corroded slightly and it is also a press fit , there is a bit of a taper and they lock together when installed and tightened . Don't get too carried away with hitting unit itself , the idea is to get chisel between the 2 parts so they seperate .
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IIRC there was a 1/8" or so long centering pin on the flange on my Ramcharger. So you have to remove it from the transfer case first, then slide the shaft back to dislodge the pin.





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Don't know if the Charger would have the same setup as the Front Shaft on a Durango , but even if there was a pin to locate the 2 pieces in question pulling the CV-Joint mounting plate away from the Transfer Case Coupler should also disingage the pin . Like I said , highly doubtful there is a locating pin there anyway , mine just had 6 or 8 bolts holding the unit on at Transfer Case .
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He says the flange spins when he tries to move it. So that says to me that it's free, not frozen. It really sounds like there is a pin.





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There's about a 1/8-1/4" lip so it seats inside the front flange.....if your driveshaft won't collapse when using a pry bar....then the slip part is seized.......what i needed to remove mine for a new centering ball, i just used a c-clamp and remove the u-joint closest to the front...cause my driveshaft wouldn't collapse at all either.....hth..

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