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Old 11-09-2012, 07:34 PM
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Drive Shaft Removal Problem

I have a 1995 F-150, 4.9L, regular cab, 2wd. I need to replace u joints but the drive shaft is held on by some wierd type of bolt and I can't figure out what socket to use. It seems a 13mm, 12 point socket is the best fit...but not perfect. The head on the bolt has many points like a star head or something. Is this stock or did the owner before me just throw in some funky bolts he had laying around? Thanks for any help and I can post pics if needed.
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No that is stock...... It takes a 12mm 12 point socket..
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Well, somebody replaced mine with a 13mm head bolt; tried a twelve but will not fit. I'll go ahead with the 13mm after some PB oil and see what happens. It is just a weird looking bolt head...
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Not 12 point socket like you're thinking of. Its a socket that matches that bolt head exactly, and is called a 12 point, and it is indeed a 12mm. Go to a good parts store and ask for one. If they grab a normal 12 point go to a different parts store. The bolt you're talking about is stock. It is not 13mm. It is 12mm.
Like this: http://www.sears.com/grey-pneumatic-...3&blockType=G3
Not that you need a swivel impact socket. I have a 3/8 drive, non-swivel, non-impact, shallow well socket for the drive shaft bolts.
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Just use a open end 12 pt 12mm wrench. It's a tight fit, clean rust, mud, ect off.
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Post is dead, move on.

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Thanks for the replies. I get to buy another tool!!!
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If they grab a normal 12 point go to a different parts store.
Can you elaborate on this? What would be abnormal about a 12 point socket?

I used standard combination wrenches on the companion flange bolts on my dad's truck when we replaced u-joints. I didn't have to buy any special tools.

A 1/2" would be between a 12mm and 13mm in size, so if you can't get a 12mm to fit and the 13mm is too loose, you can try a 1/2 (12.7mm).
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Clean it first (wire brush, etc.). I've found that if a socket doesn't quite fit, sometimes it's because the head of the bolt (or the nut) is slightly deformed. Tap the socket on with a hammer.

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Not 12 point socket like you're thinking of. Its a socket that matches that bolt head exactly, and is called a 12 point, and it is indeed a 12mm. Go to a good parts store and ask for one. If they grab a normal 12 point go to a different parts store.
There is nothing special about Ford drive shaft bolts that makes them any different then any other 12 point bolt. Normal 12 point sockets and wrenches fit perfectly.
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Oh I stand corrected. I have a funny looking socket for those bolts. Guess I should have tried what I had already before buying something I didn't need.
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There may be special tools with thinner walls or some other change that make the job easier, but normal 12 points work just fine.
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