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teddywetts 09-09-2010 07:47 PM

U joint
I have a U joint that is out on my 97 Wrangler. How hard is that to replace? Can i do it myself? Or should i take it into the pros?

Jerry Bransford 09-09-2010 08:00 PM

Which u-joint, axle shaft or driveshaft?

doughenry 09-09-2010 08:34 PM

DId you catch it before it went complety out and what kind of signs did you have cause I have a shaking when I take off in first and a slight vibration in fourth,im thinking I also have a u joints going out i my driveshafts just like to know if thats the same things you went threw

briancash1013 09-09-2010 09:47 PM

I had a friend do mine, it didn't look too difficult, but the said they can be a PITA. After seeing it done, the next time I will be doing them myself

teddywetts 09-10-2010 01:16 PM

I think that i have caught it pretty early. The sound is a little bit of a clunk when i have it in 4wd high. Its not too noticeable, but i dont wanna risk any further damage. I work at a car dealership, and one of the guys here used to work for Jeep. So i think im going to let him tackle this one and pay what i gotta pay, unless its fairly simple.

B.A.T.J. 09-10-2010 01:23 PM


97sport09 09-10-2010 01:28 PM

I just had my two front axle u joints replaced, was gonna do it myself but didn't have the tools since the bolts were so rusted it wouldn't come off without cutting out the bolts and replacing with new ones, I was better off paying my mechanic to do it in my opinion...

teddywetts 09-10-2010 02:53 PM

What did you pay? mine is in the axle shaft... and its just one. There sayin 130 with labor...

97sport09 09-15-2010 01:23 PM

with parts labor and everything like 300+ he also replaced the wheel bearings

4Jeepn 09-15-2010 01:29 PM

You need a few tools 12pt 13mm box wrench.. to get the 3 bolts off the rear of the hub/steering arm. Also a 32 mm(not 100% on that one) to get the hub bolt off and of course a lug wrench. The hard part is getting the hub out. Can take some time. As well as the 3 rear bolts, breaker bar helps. The u-joint could be rusted in place as well. Thus it can be done at home, just allow enough Time. I changed one on the trail in about 30 mins. But everything was in good shape to start with.

doughenry 09-15-2010 05:28 PM

Just replaced my u joints myself in rear driveshaft and it was simple,I used 2 blocks of wood and a hammer they were in there for 11 years so pb blaster came in handy

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