Not the most interesting of jobs this, but I’ve been tripping over this propshaft in the garage for ages and it’s grim outside.
One of the universal joints (UJ’s) had seized in one plane, meaning it (or possibly the whole prop) needed replacement.
First thing to check was whether the telescopic splined section (which allows the prop to change length as the suspension does its thing) had any play. If there was play here, I would have just replaced the prop.
This one had no play, meaning it was worth changing the UJ.
The UJ is basically two pairs of trunnions, with a needle roller bearing on each trunnion. These allow the prop mounting flanges to be misaligned about two axes as the prop rotates.
The UJ is removed by first removing the internal circlips from the yokes, then popping the bearing caps out with the aid of a vice or press. The bearing caps are a light interference fit – they won’t go in by hand, but they shouldn’t require a huge force to insert/remove.
‘IOU some grease – signed, previous owner…’
The grease nipple was missing too, so who knows when it had last been greased.
Once the bearing caps are out, the old UJ can be removed. With a pair of the caps placed back on, the width of the OJ can be measured. There are two basic types, ~75 mm wide (TVC100010) and ~82 mm (RTC3346). This was the former.
In the classic Haynes style, replacement was the reverse of removal. After cleaning up the yokes the trunnion and bearing caps were loosely assembled in the yokes before pressing the bearing caps home.
A smear of grease was added to the circlip grooves before fitting the new circlips, the grease nipple was screwed in to the UJ and some grease pumped in.