Hi rossi5. Welcome to the forum. Why are you removing the joint? I assume you are replacing either the joint or the boot. If you are replacing the joint, do you have the new one already? Look in the splined hole for the presence of a circlip. If you see that ring, it will either have two tabs on the ends or it will be a wire ring. With wire rings, hold the shaft back with one hand, pull on the joint with your other hand, and have a helper tap on the housing with a hammer to pop the joint off. With a circlip, a special tool is used to expand the clip, then the joint can be pulled off. Hammering will not help. If the joint doesn't slide off easily, the clip isn't lined up all the way around. When it is, the joint will slide of easily. An expanding snap ring pliers works just as well as the special tool.
Some Japanese cars have outer joints that can not be removed from the shaft. To replace the outer boot, the inner joint must be disassembled, then the new boot is slid across the shaft over to the joint.
If there is no circlip or ring in your new joint, there will be a ring that stays on the end of the shaft. Tapping with a hammer will pop this type of joint off. To push the joint on over that ring, it will be much easier if you go around it and poke it in with a flat blade screwdriver as you push it onto the shaft.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 1:31 PM