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Fix Front 4WD Ujoints or not?

Discussion in 'Exterior' started by Robeffy, Oct 4, 2019.

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  1. Robeffy

    Robeffy Junior Member

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    Hi,
    I took my 1995 Ram 1500 in for service on a rusted brake line, and was shown play in the front u joints. It's minimal, but there. I can see and feel the play at the U joint.
    The "cross" piece in the U joint has some play in it.
    I rarely use 4WD, but will use it for sure this winter, some time.
    There are no funny sounds.
    Is this a rush item to fix? No snow around here for another 2 months, most likely

    I understand that if it breaks, I will have a bad clunking sound, but I expect I would be able to drive it to my nearest garage. Unless, possibly, when I take a corner the 2 yokes get tangle up and I tear something apart... not sure that is likely to happen.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Fast69Mopar Senior Member

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    I would go ahead and fix it. I would not take the chance of one coming apart and tearing up the yoke or the axle. Its not hard to do it yourself and you can save quite a bit of money. If your shop gives you an affordable price for the repairs then I would recommend doing it.
     
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  3. BWL

    BWL Embrace the skeptisism

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    Definitely replace asap. From loose to completely fucked doesn't take long once the lubricant from that sealed unit is gone and there's play. I think the factory ones are glued in from my memory, but the replacements come with c-clips. If you don't have a press or a torch I'd get a shop to do it.
     
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  4. Robeffy

    Robeffy Junior Member

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    Thanks for the advice.
    It's my worry too that if it fails it will wreck more stuff, and the cost gets crazy.
    I suspect the needle bearings in there won't take that much abuse..
    Oh well, its a great truck.
    I heard that newer trucks require replacing the entire driveshaft assembly, so this will be less costly.
     
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  5. El Huapo

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    There's a chance that if they aren't too far gone, you can just grease them. My truck has the U-joints in front that have a little tiny fitting on one cap that can be greased with a "needle" grease gun fitting. I had one that rattled/moved a little when I shook it, which I greased (and the other side too, natch) months ago and they're fine. All the play went out of the worst one when I greased it the first time, but after a bit driving, I greased them both again just for grins.
    Note: I got the needle fitting with a zerk fitting on the end to go into the grease gun, but I couldn't force it into the port, so I removed the zerk fitting and the needle body screwed right onto the grease gun solid tube and everything worked fine then. Happy trails
     
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    I see the newbies are bring back the dead again...:)
     
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