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Old 05-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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bad u joint leading to bad axle.

a mechanic told me my u joint went bad, cause the hole on my axle to go out of round. and now he says I need to replace the axle at a cost of $1500. does this sound legit? is there a cheaper option?

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That sounds very doubtful to me, what "hole" in the axle was he referring to? Can you take a photo of the area he claims has gone out of round?

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #3
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That sounds very doubtful to me, what "hole" in the axle was he referring to? Can you take a photo of the area he claims has gone out of round?
the access hole where the u joint shaft slips into it. Im claiming ignorance on this stuff. but I doubted the story anyhow. I dont think they were dishonest, just unknowing of whats going on in there. Im tearing the thing apart monday. Ill know more. Ill take pics then.
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Oh you mean just the axle shaft, not the entire axle. The "ears" at the end of the axle shaft that hold the u-joint can indeed elongate/become stretched out which would require that the axle shaft (but not the entire axle) be replaced.

A replacement axle shaft and/or stub shaft (which ever side is damaged) can be found under $100 used/just over $100 new. Labor to install it and a new u-joint should be about a two hour job at the most. Take it to a 4x4 shop where that kind of job is common & they likely won't try to screw you.

That type of failure is somewhat common on more difficult trails, it has happened to me. As you can see, the outer stub shaft 'ear' that holds the u-joint snapped in two on mine instead of simply stretching.
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Oh you mean just the axle shaft, not the entire axle. The "ears" at the end of the axle shaft that hold the u-joint can indeed elongate/become stretched out which would require that the axle shaft (but not the entire axle) be replaced.

A replacement axle shaft and/or stub shaft (which ever side is damaged) can be found under $100 used/just over $100 new. Labor to install it and a new u-joint should be about a two hour job at the most. Take it to a 4x4 shop where that kind of job is common & they likely won't try to screw you.

That type of failure is somewhat common on more difficult trails, it has happened to me.
thanks for the info. you are indeed the godfather of these boards.

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It a happens. We just did one in the shop with this exact problem. Both pieces of the axle were elongated.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
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ah, I see. but looking at the pic and talking to them again, they said where the u joint goes into the axle is where it out of round. so theres no way to put a new u joint in there. we'll see. I found a complete axle for $350. if it comes to that. there was no notice in this, except my tire wear has been bad there in recent weeks which is why I took it in.
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so i looked closer at it yesterday, turns out my 'ear' is shot. looks chipped and possibly elongated, causes my axle shaft to pull out about a quarter an inch while turning. which I physically push it back in place, the shaft sits fine, no loose movement, when I pull it out lots of movement.

any ideas where I can get a cheap passenger side inner shaft axle? the jeeps offroading days are over. so nothing super beefy needed.
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You can just completely remove the inner axle shaft & u-joint & drive forever like that. Just make sure not to remove the outer stub shaft, the 'other' side that holds the u-joint that holds the hub together. Of course 4x4 won't work but 2wd will work fine.

When you find what you need, then you can reinstall everything and get 4x4 back.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #10
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it was just the u joint. a whole lotta nothing. if I had a dime for every time a mechanic misdiagnosed my jeep, I would be rich. last fall there was a bearing scare, it ended up being the harmonic balancer. so far I'm up to about 6 different mechanics telling me the jeep is dying for various reasons. and yet she still lives!

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