RE: U-Joint Removal - '98 Ram 1500 4X4 (Front Right)
Well my neighbor just cost me $40 on another u-joint and having to have a garage press another new one in it. I have ALWAYS done my own mechanical work as I was a wheeled mechanic in the Army and at a couple used car lots. I didn't have the 1 11/16 socket that I needed and the neighbor had a semi so I figured I would ask him if he had that sized socket. Nope, he didn't but he insisted that he could get one and would help. I always mow part of their yard that connects to mine and snowblow his walks, so he wanted to re-pay me, so to speak. Yeah, he got the axle nut loose, but screwed it up so that cost me $25 for a new one. Then he insisted on using his friends press and they "knew" what they were doing with it. My axle was dropped back off this morning with "A" u-joint in it, but NOT the new one I gave them. Mine had yellow rubber grease seals on them and they somehow turned black. I have a feeling that the screwed up the one I gave them so instead of telling me they picked up another one or one this guy had on his farm and attempted to put it in. ONLY had 1 clip put on right, 2 of them were between the rubber seal and cap, and 1 was gone and not even on. I noticed this right away so I wasn't going to mess with it. I took it to the town garage and him and I took the caps off and some of the needle bearings were missing, and one was under the joint and broke. So now it's costing me another u-joint and the garage charge to install it the right way into my axle. I even gave my neighbor $10 for gas in his car to go out to his friends farm. I'm pissed!! NOBODY touches my truck and "F's" up on it. I will NEVER allow this neighbor to ever repay a favor unles it's something that doesn't have a motor and wheels. I had a gut feeling, but I didn't have the needed tools at this place, so I let my gaurd down, and it now cost me. The most expensive u-joint I have ever had to replace. I would of been farther ahead to just take the new u-joint and axle to the local garage and paid him $25 to do it and it would of been done, as it's costing me that anyways now, plus the screwed up joint, neighbors gas money, and another new joint. I now know that I should of just went out and bought the sized socket I needed and NEVER went to the neighbor to see if he had one.
I guess we all learn from our mistakes, thus the reason I ALWAYS have done ALL my own mechanical work.
It should now be back together later today/Wednesday.