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Khouse69 04-09-2013 06:02 PM

U Joint Replacement
 
Can somebody tell me if a new u joint is something a novice can do in my garage? Or what should that cost me to replace at a shop ( approximately). I know all shops are different. I want to weigh out the options of spending a whole day working on it or paying to have it done. Thanks for your input.
Mike

JimsJeep 04-09-2013 06:23 PM

Here is a "how to" on replacement. It's not that hard but you know your skill level.

U-Joint Replacement - 1

Khouse69 04-09-2013 06:44 PM

Thanks Jim, that looks like its more than I can/want to take on. Any idea how much replacement should cost? I live in the south burbs of Chicago if anyone knows a good jeep mechanic. Thanks, Mike

JimsJeep 04-09-2013 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Khouse69 (Post 3615800)
Thanks Jim, that looks like its more than I can/want to take on. Any idea how much replacement should cost? I live in the south burbs of Chicago if anyone knows a good jeep mechanic. Thanks, Mike

Really no Idea on cost as I do all my own work, sorry

jp2611 04-09-2013 07:11 PM

FWIW I went to MIDAS and had them replace 'em a few years back......think it was about $100 for 2...and I either got bad ones or they did them wrong...'cause 6 months later same thing they replaced 'em again for "free" but they also upgraded them to "better" ones according to them....IDK been fine every since.....

blkrubi88 04-09-2013 07:15 PM

Wheather or not you atempt to do it or have it done, use Spicer u joints.

clarkkent 04-09-2013 08:13 PM

garage here wanted $350. I did it on my own and had never done anything like it before. I bought a tool to press the u joints out. I'd also recommend a vice or something to hold the clamp so it doesnt twist when you're pressing the caps off. The link above is what I followed to do them.

Also just figured out I'm guessing your taking about the ones in your driveshaft. I was talking about the ones at the end of each axle shaft

Johnnybonkel 04-09-2013 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Khouse69 (Post 3615585)
Can somebody tell me if a new u joint is something a novice can do in my garage? Or what should that cost me to replace at a shop ( approximately). I know all shops are different. I want to weigh out the options of spending a whole day working on it or paying to have it done. Thanks for your input.
Mike

honestly...Im completely crap and I did it...quite easy...just be confident. Go on eBay...someone is selling the factory service manual on a download. I bought it and it is SO much better and easier to follow than the Haynes manual...really idiot proof...I proved it

SCOOPYS-YJ 04-10-2013 04:43 PM

I have the tools and know how to replace my own, but usually just send them to the driveline shop. even did this when I was in the garage.
just had my tj front redone, needed all 3 joints, the cross, and new straps.
cost me $40 + parts, for that amount it wasn't worth my time to mess with them

KevinTJ 04-10-2013 08:42 PM

Living in Chicago you may find things are pretty rusted in there. That can add a lot more complexity to an otherwise straight forward job.

Khouse69 04-11-2013 03:04 PM

Thank everybody for the responses and advice.

Rob and TJ 04-12-2013 12:00 AM

I did my front and read at the axle u joints with the drive shafts still on. 4x4 wood, 1/2 socket and a hammer to beat it out. Took 15 min per joint. Always a good time to learn how to wrench on things!

Herbie424 04-12-2013 06:43 AM

I pulled my own shafts and bought my own u joints on the world wide web. Had a hard time pressing them in without a press so I brought the shaft and joint to my local mechanic. $20 per shaft for all of five minuets of work. It takes a shop two seconds to press them out and in. The only time consuming part, which isn't even that bad once you figure it out, is pulling the brake off and shaft out.


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