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Double cardan joint


Individual components of cardan universal joints are not serviceable. If worn or leaking, they must be replaced as an assembly.

  1.  Remove the propeller shaft.
  2.  Using a soft drift, tap the outside of the bearing cap assembly to loosen snap ring.
  3.  Remove all the bearing cap snap rings (Fig. 23).
  4.  Set the joint in an arbor press or vise with a socket whose inside diameter is large enough to receive the bearing cap positioned beneath the link yoke.
  5.  Place a socket with an outside diameter smaller than the upper bearing cap on the upper bearing cap and partially press one bearing cap from the outboard side of the link yoke enough to grasp the bearing cap with vise jaws (Fig. 24). Be sure to remove grease fittings that interfere with removal.

Remove Snap Rings
Fig. 23 Remove Snap Rings

Press Out Bearing
Fig. 24 Press Out Bearing

  1. Grasp the protruding bearing by vise jaws. Tap the link yoke with a mallet and drift to dislodge the bearing cap from the yoke (Fig. 25).
  2.  Flip assembly and repeat Step 4, Step 5, and Step 6 to remove the opposite bearing cap. This will then allow removal of the cross centering kit assembly and spring (Fig. 26).
  3.  Press the remaining bearing caps out the other end of the link yoke as described above to complete the disassembly.

Remove Bearing From Yoke
Fig. 25 Remove Bearing From Yoke

Remove Centering Kit
Fig. 26 Remove Centering Kit


During assembly, ensure that the alignment marks on the link yoke and propeller shaft yoke are aligned.

  1.  Apply extreme pressure (EP) N.L.G.I. Grade 1 or 2 grease to inside of yoke bores to aid in installation.
  2.  Fit a cross into the propeller shaft yoke (Fig. 27).

Install Cross In Yoke
Fig. 27 Install Cross In Yoke

  1. Place a bearing cap over the trunnion and align the cap with the yoke bore (Fig. 28). Keep the needle bearings upright in the bearing assembly. A needle bearing lying at the bottom of the cap will prevent proper assembly.

Install Bearing Cap
Fig. 28 Install Bearing Cap

  1. Press the bearing cap into the yoke bore enough to install a snap ring (Fig. 29).
  2.  Install a snap ring.

 Press In Bearing Cap
Fig. 29 Press In Bearing Cap

  1. Flip the propeller shaft yoke and install the bearing cap onto the opposite trunnion. Install a snap ring (Fig. 30).

 Press In Bearing Cap
Fig. 30 Press In Bearing Cap

  1. Fit the link yoke on the remaining two trunnions and press both bearing caps into place (Fig. 31).
  2.  Install snap rings.

 Install Link Yoke

Fig. 31 Install Link Yoke

  1. Install the centering kit assembly inside the link yoke making sure the spring is properly positioned (Fig. 32).

Install Centering Kit
Fig. 32 Install Centering Kit

  1. Place two bearing caps on opposite trunnions of the remaining cross. Fit the open trunnions into the link yoke bores and the bearing caps into the centering kit (Fig. 33).

 Install Remaining Cross
Fig. 33 Install Remaining Cross

  1. Press the remaining two bearing caps into place and install snap rings (Fig. 34).

Press In Bearing Cap
Fig. 34 Press In Bearing Cap

  1. Tap the snap rings to allow them to seat into the grooves (Fig. 35).
  2.  Check for proper assembly. Flex the joint beyond center, it should snap over-center in both directions when correctly assembled (Fig. 36).
  3.  Install the propeller shaft.

Seat Snap Rings In Groove
Fig. 35 Seat Snap Rings In Groove

Check Assembly
Fig. 36 Check Assembly

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