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Old 03-09-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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U-joints pn#s and brands

So it got warm enough up here yesterday to drive the jkur with the windows down.. And i ended up hearing a squeak over minor bump.( i know its not any of the other suspension parts as most of it has been replaced within the last 4 month/3k miles)

My brother who is a mechanic said that the ujoint on the driver side was bad (confirming my initial thought)
What brand is recommended and part numbers to look them up and order it.(a pair)

Greasable vs non greaseable ?

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Are you sure it's the Ujoints? Generally U-joints click upon turning, not squeak. It could be a bushing somewhere.

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Old 03-09-2014, 02:23 PM   #3
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That does not sound like a u joint issue! A squeak is usually a indicator of something that is dry, but not a u joint.

Just because you have had suspension parts replaced recently, doesn't mean that you can't have a squeak from one of them!

Op, in answering your question regarding u joints.
I have always had very good luck with Spicer, non-greasable joints. The non-greasable joints are stronger, because they don't have the rifle drilling for the zerk!
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Apparently squeaking can be an early sign of the ujoint going bad . I would assume the clicking/popping is when is completely shot
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:56 AM   #5
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Any know the actual part number for spice joints? Jkur d44
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:00 PM   #6
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Might be helpfull to some else down the road.

The jk rubicon will use dana spicer 5-7166x for the front axle shaft u-joint
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My balljoints would create noise and sometimes a squeak when going bad. One u-joint showed play and now the other. No noises at all actually.

Badly worn DS joints will sound like a bird chirping (aka angry sparrows)
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Fwiw

The shop was told by a dealership, my entire shaft had to be replaced. They had a hell of a time finding the right joint. Supposedly spicer changed part numbers or something.
This is the part # I was told will work. Spicer p/n5004891.

Hopefully .... Because I bought two
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The shop was told by a dealership, my entire shaft had to be replaced. They had a hell of a time finding the right joint. Supposedly spicer changed part numbers or something.
This is the part # I was told will work. Spicer p/n5004891.

Hopefully .... Because I bought two
Jsut got told that same thing over the weekend. Jeep wanted me to buy a whole axle for $550 because they "dont make those ujoints anymore". Went to a local driveline shop and they had a bunch of the ujoints in stock
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Jsut got told that same thing over the weekend. Jeep wanted me to buy a whole axle for $550 because they "dont make those ujoints anymore". Went to a local driveline shop and they had a bunch of the ujoints in stock
Same part number ^ ?

There is another spicer number iirc.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:44 PM   #11
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Ill be taking her in to a shop to get confirmation of whats squeaking + anything else that might be on its way out (plan on driving from Ma to Fl for jeep beach in daytona)

I called northridge4x4 and that was the u-joint Eric said that was needed for my rubicons front axle shaft
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Same part number ^ ?

There is another spicer number iirc.
thought i wrote the part number in my post, can't rememvber now...
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Now I'm thinking that this squeak could also come from a wheel bearing...
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Lift tire about 3" off the ground.
Spin/wiggle = bearings
Pry up front underneath = ball joints
When back on the ground and In park. Grab the tire and push/pull with your hand over the joint. Feel for any play in in the u-joint.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:35 AM   #15
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Lift tire about 3" off the ground. Spin/wiggle = bearings Pry up front underneath = ball joints When back on the ground and In park. Grab the tire and push/pull with your hand over the joint. Feel for any play in in the u-joint.
Thanks for the suggestion.. Ive been putting it off since i only have the standard bottle jack. Ill give it a shot after work ( thanks to daylight savings its not dark when i leave work)
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Update*.. Performed check as mentioned above and found no play in the ball joints on either side. The only play i found was less or just about 1/16th of an inch up and down on the draglink ends and tie rod (passenger side) seemed sort of normal given that these parts move and i have not felt any clunk in the steering wheel.. I did not cycle the steering as i performed this by my self.

As to u joints this one is on the driver side and only this cap out of the 4 looks excessively greasy/grimy
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:57 PM   #17
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Also pushed tire side to side back and forth and got no noticeable wobble or play only during rotation some sort of rotor and pad meshing/grinding....

The squeak seems to be there all the time now only to be increases by hitting bumps
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:52 PM   #18
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Would any of you guys mind looking at this video from when i did my check. Im more interested in the last part where im inspecting the TRe's all of the ends seems to have the same amount of play.. Is this bad or more than normal?
http://youtu.be/cSbOn6M-4lw
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Private ?

No play is normal, replace them. They will only get worse.
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Private ? No play is normal, replace them. They will only get worse.
Video is set to public now.. Thats a bummer considering the dealer i purchased the jk from put on the tie rod and drag link less than 4k miles on them. Of course they put on mopar replacement parts.
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It's definitely worn. The stock joints don't last long when you add bigger tires and/or off road.
Same happened with me. Replaced both the tie rod and drag link with Mopar parts from Morris 4x4/Q-tech only to have the drag link/knuckle joint go bad in a short time. Also replaced the factory Ball joints @ around 40k.
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Alright. Thanks for verifying that for me. I guess i'll start looking for these.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:03 PM   #23
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Urgent! Im about order both the synergy DL and tie rod.. My question is..
Can i flip the steering stabilizer and just get the ss bracket and continue using the stock clamp for the TR
Or
Do i need to get both the ss bracket and clamp for the TR?
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Urgent! Im about order both the synergy DL and tie rod.. My question is.. Can i flip the steering stabilizer and just get the ss bracket and continue using the stock clamp for the TR Or Do i need to get both the ss bracket and clamp for the TR?
Yes you can use the stock clamp.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:59 PM   #25
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Thanks kjeeper10 you have been of great help! Last quick question.. Might be sort of a dumb one but is there any benefit of the synergy clamp vs the stock? Other than appearance ?
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Yea just looks better.

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