U-joint help

Discussion in 'General Subaru Discussion' started by Nick Griffy, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Nick Griffy
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    Just wanted to inquire on some help, unfortunately I have a u-joint going out in my forester and its slowly getting worse. I've seen some stuff that says the driveshaft is unserviceable. I've also read that you can replace the u-joints. Unfortunately I dont have the tools needed to replace it. Hoping someone can lend me a hand, willing to compensate in food and beverages
     
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    Aegis TAKE IT!

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    Heya I'm pretty sure there are folks here that are willing to help. Where are you located? And how badly does it need service? Do you need help now... Or in a couple weeks, etc?
     
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    I'm in mahtomedi, it's my daily driver. I can take the driveshaft out that part looks doable. Just dont have anyway of getting the u-joint out. Haven't done any repairs like this. Might try and remove the drivesshaft out tomorrow.
     
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    I'm not sure how long of a process it takes to remove and install the u-joint. I might have a truck that I can use to bring it somewhere tomorrow
     
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    You are going to need (or the place you take it to is going to need) a hydraulic press. Looks like they are "serviceable" in that you can get aftermarket U-Joints and press the old ones out through the stakes, but it's not as easy as it would be if the OEM joints were held in with snap-rings.

    Most shops that do undercarriage (alignments, suspension, brakes, that kind of stuff) will be able to do the job. But on New Year's Day? Umm, best of luck.
     
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    I've done several, it's not terribly difficult, but pretty much requires a hydraulic press (I've heard of people doing it with a hammer, but the ones I did required a LOT of force on the press).

    We have 2 good driveshaft shops here in Duluth that do them regularly, so I assume there are many in the cities. A quick google search of "driveshaft shop near Mahtomedi" returns several promising results. Give them a call. There's a good chance they'll know exactly what you're after.
     
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    did the OP get this taken care of? wondering how much it costs if he went to
    a shop? i have a 2008 that the wrench said was "binding" when he replaced the
    clutch in the summer. it's not making any noise or anything but hoping it gives a
    warning when its really ready to go...my guy said the 2008 model comes all in one
    with the driveshaft and the whole thing has to be replaced! said it would be "at least
    a grand" :(
     

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