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Old 03-31-2013, 04:21 PM   #8
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Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Originally Posted by Monsignore View Post

I tried fitting the parts without the boot. Nope.

In gear. Nope.

In neutral. Nope.

Screwdriver in U-joint. Nope.

Various combinations of the above. Nope.

Even when I could align both parts by hand without the boot, and was fairly certain I had flange and groove matched, there would be no movement. It's like the receiving end suddenly shrunk by a minute amount.

Go have a beer and relax. When you start again it will fir right on!

Some people find using a rag under the shaft to hold it up a bit helps. Just make sure the rag has a part hanging out to the side so you can pull it out when done.

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