I have a 2004 Rubicon my question is how much of a PITA is it to replace the seals and U-joints? And also a question about the axle seals does the axle have inner and outter seals or just one or the other? Thanks any help is appreciated.
Thanks for the input guys this confounded busted U Joint has been getting on my nerves with the clicking and clanking and the water fall like leak is dirtying up my new tires. Will give Stu's a good rundown before my cousin and I tackle this mofo. Y'all have a good one!
I don't think you really need a torque wrench, my axle nut came off with just the breaker bar... You do need a big ass socket though.
The clamp Stu uses to remove the caps really worked well for me. The only things I wish I had at the time was a vice to hold the clamp down. My old u joints were so seized it really took some torque to get it apart.
It isn't necessary to remove the axle nut to change out the U-joints. It might make it a little easier to handle the axle shaft without the unit bearing attached, but with a buddy, it's not really that difficult. I personally find it to be an unneeded extra step. Stu even mentions that it's not necessary if you are only doing U-joints.
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This thread is all good stuff. I have a couple of questions. Is is true there should be absolutely no loosness or play in the axle U joints? (I have some). To reinstall the front axle in the diff is it feel your way or what is the technique. Where can I read instructions on changing the axle seals? Appreciate any help. Thanks