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Old 10-25-2010, 03:26 PM
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Default Front axle u-joint replacement HELP!

Im going to replace my passenger side u-joint.....any advice, pictures, part numbers would be great.... greaseable or not?? Do I need to buy anything else?

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Old 10-25-2010, 03:43 PM
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BE VERY CAREFUL sliding the shaft through the seal! since your not replacing the seal its kind of hard to clean the axle tube good, so there is a pretty good chance that the shaft will pick up some dirt on re-entry. its kind of a hit or miss as to whether or not you'll damage the seal or not. i would say dont bother trying to scrape the dirt out of the tube as you'll just knock it loose and heighten the chances of contaminating the seal.

get greasables from napa. be sure to knock the c-clips out under the caps. they should come off fairly easily. sit one cap side on a socket that is larger than the cap itself and set the two ends of the shaft on 4x4's while using a socket that is slightly smaller than the caps to hit the opposite side cap with a dead blow. repeat till all caps are out

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You might want to plan to replace the oil seals as well. I replaced the front axle U-joints, was carefull as I possible could be with reinstalling the axles and now have puddles of diff oil every morning. Was hoping that it was just oil that had leaked out when I pulled the axles, but not so lucky.

Another weekend, another project!
 
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JAPR View Post
You might want to plan to replace the oil seals as well. I replaced the front axle U-joints, was carefull as I possible could be with reinstalling the axles and now have puddles of diff oil every morning. Was hoping that it was just oil that had leaked out when I pulled the axles, but not so lucky.

Another weekend, another project!
That turns an afternoon project into a weekend-long ordeal (or more, for those less familiar). Driver side requires carrier removal, and, the passenger side seal is a B**** to install without the right tool (I use a piece of 3/4" fine thread grade 8 all thread and a seal driver I turned on my lathe).

I don't recommend changing them unless they leak.

As the first response said, just be very careful reinstalling the shafts. Try to keep it supported all the way in, so it doesn't scrape the tube and drag that debris into the seal.
 
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THANKS for the info....what do u think a shop would charge for the u-joint replacement? I know I could probably do it....but it never seem to go that easy.
 
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I was quoted 750 for both Ujoints (passenger and driver) hope that helps from a local shop.

The Ujoints are an easy fix, but you'll probably decide you want to do the seals too. Look carefuly to make sure they aren't bad- run a few miles on bad ujoints, and the seals will get destroyed
 
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:28 PM
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I was quoted 750 for both Ujoints (passenger and driver) hope that helps from a local shop.
Jeebuz!!! We're not the cheapest game in town, and do them for less than half that parts and labor. It's 2.6 hours plus the two joints ($25-$60/ea at list price depending)
 
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Originally Posted by spitfireram View Post
THANKS for the info....what do u think a shop would charge for the u-joint replacement? I know I could probably do it....but it never seem to go that easy.
with THE RIGHT TOOLS its really not that bad.

if your gonna do the seals order the seal installer from quad4x4.com. its a must have if you want a perfect install on the first try. not to mention full color step-by-step instructions. the seal installer makes the passenger side seal extremely easy (no carrier removal required). you do have to remove the carrier for the driver side though.

Im guessing the u-joints are bad, right?
 
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Originally Posted by Sixtysixdeuce View Post
Jeebuz!!! We're not the cheapest game in town, and do them for less than half that parts and labor. It's 2.6 hours plus the two joints ($25-$60/ea at list price depending)
I was quoted about 3 hours each (total 5.5-6 h), at 90hr, thats almost 600 right there, plus the Ujoints, and diff fluids, cand to 725 or so.

CarX is 85 an hour, and also quoted me about 3 hours each. I'm in the midwest too, normally stuff like this is cheap.
 
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Originally Posted by Sixtysixdeuce View Post
Jeebuz!!! We're not the cheapest game in town, and do them for less than half that parts and labor. It's 2.6 hours plus the two joints ($25-$60/ea at list price depending)

I'm not trying to start trouble here, but your shop can do both side's in 2.6 hour's ? Is there five people working on each side or what? How much for replacing seal's when they go bad after the 2.6 hour job?
 
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