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Old 05-12-2014, 04:04 AM   #1
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Front Axle U Joint

If you have a 2007 - 2010 and you break your front axle U joint you are screwed. Jeep discontinued them. The part number was 5004891 now you have to get a complete Axle Assembly.

I broke mine the other day and caught it before it did any major damage and I was happy. A simple change of a $30.00 U joint. NOT!
Now to find out I have to buy the whole Upgraded Axle Assembly.



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Old 05-12-2014, 04:16 AM   #2
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NO YOU DO NOT. the dealerships tell you this to steal your money.
I went through this having a shop replace a joint. Plan was to have both replaced when I got the phone call. Even the shop said it sounded fishy and did some research. After a number of calls he did track down one u-joint with the old part number and replaced it. Now I have the other one showing play.
At a local jeep rally I bought 2 500891's but there is a Spicer revision. I have it somewhere and will post once I find.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:28 AM   #3
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:35 AM   #4
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NO YOU DO NOT. the dealerships tell you this to steal your money.
I went through this having a shop replace a joint. Plan was to have both replaced when I got the phone call. Even the shop said it sounded fishy and did some research. After a number of calls he did track down one u-joint with the old part number and replaced it. Now I have the other one showing play.
At a local jeep rally I bought 2 500891's but there is a Spicer revision. I have it somewhere and will post once I find.
If all else fails ... I have 1 you can buy.
Thanks for your help.
I did not go to the dealer. I checked with Nappa, Bennett and a few other places the U joint is not made any more. We had them send over 30 U joints that we tried to match up with no luck. We even checked with Spicer and they said they are discontinued.

I have all ready replaced the complete drivers side Axle.
If you find a replacement part number please post it up to help the next guy.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:42 AM   #5
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I did .. I saw your post on JKO. Trust,
I went through the same ordeal. The dealership was called. Normal garage that actually sourced parts from NAPA. Nobody had the new info. I was In a panic until one was located.
After I had a chance to do my own research and found this .... If you look I posted too.

This is where I got the link for the link above

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27504
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Sig... If you look under the joint posted in the description....you will see 5004891 in small print.
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went through the same thing a month ago, I can't believe they try to tell you to buy a whole new axle shaft. They were hard to find local I had to hunt them down till I found a couple at a driveline shop
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Just replaced mine with greasable units from NAPA. They are a common size and can be had at any auto parts store.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #9
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Just replaced mine with greasable units from NAPA. They are a common size and can be had at any auto parts store.
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Bought 2 new U joints at NAPA for my 07 for about $70.

Took the shafts out of the front axle at home and had Pep Boyz press the old joints out and install new ones. $90 labor for the pair and got them back in an hour. No bad at all.
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Just replaced mine with greasable units from NAPA. They are a common size and can be had at any auto parts store.
common size for a D30, the 760x ujoint will not fit on Rubi's, I tried. Caps are different and the length. 5-7166X is the ones I use now
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:14 AM   #11
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Thanks Kjeeper10,
We where a few hundred miles from home up in Citrus off roading. I now have the info thanks to you. On a good note The Tires plus I went to charged me what he paid for the parts and cut me a great deal on the labor for the 2 days my Jeep was down.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:29 AM   #12
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NP.... Now I need to swap one joint out. Also replace the seals. Ugh !!! I have a hand press at work if I ever get around to do this. @ TN that is a good idea and a option having PEPBOYS do it. Having 2nd thoughts installing a a oem style joint though. Maybe go with that Alloy joint posted on JKO

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