|03-15-2011 12:33 AM|
|03-12-2011 08:51 PM|
The type of greasable u-joint I would not run unless I did a lot of deep soupy mudding is the type that has a single grease zerk fitting on the body that is used to grease all four bearing caps. That type of u-joint has been cross-drilled with grease channels inside the body so the grease can reach all four bearing caps which weakens the u-joint body.
For a huge percentage of us who offroad (or don't offroad) a traditional sealed u-joint is maintenance free and highly durable. I have run greasable u-joints a few times and to keep up with their grease demands is a PITA that is not warranted, in my opinion, by any socially redeeming values... unless (again) you do deep soupy mud a lot where a greasable u-joint then becomes a good idea. I haven't run greasable u-joints on my driveshafts in years and I'm happy I don't.
|03-12-2011 12:52 PM|
|03-12-2011 11:42 AM|
Here is the drivers side
Here is my Track Bar
Keep in mind...
No wheeling ( I'm a broke student and can't afford to fix it...)
Also I am in Canada, what is the best place to buy the Spicers? What should I expect to pay?
|03-12-2011 10:29 AM|
|CollegeGeezer||ill go out after breakfast and take a quick video maybe that will help|
|03-12-2011 10:16 AM|
I don't know what free play you are seeing. The normal back and forth rotational driveshaft that is caused by the backlash (slop) between the ring & pinion gears, or from the u-joints themselves. The u-joints should only have any movement about the axises (is that a word? ) of their four bearing caps but no movement or slop along any other axis.
A very good u-joint that is stronger and more durable direct replacement for the driveshaft's OE u-joint is Spicer's triple-sealed 5-785x.
|03-12-2011 10:11 AM|
So I finally climbed under the jeep and had a look around. I found that my track bar bushings are pretty much gone as it wiggles and jiggles.
I also grabbed my drivers side u-joint and moved it around. I noticed it has about 1/4" free play. I also noticed that if i grab the drive shaft coming out of the transmission and spin it, I can turn it back and forth because of that free play..
Im pretty certain that the ujoint needs to go so my questions are...
should I do both axles?
Should I do ball joints at the same time?
What else should I look into while I'm in there.
Is this freeplay the sign of a bad u-joint? I have been noticing a funny noise in the front end which is why i went underneath....
Ive read the write up on here and will pretty much follow that. Can you offer any advice for a first timer?
Thanks a bunch folks,