02-12-2011, 10:22 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: East Lansing, MI
Sounds like it is time to play catch-up on your periodic maintenance on critical systems!
1. Rebuild front driveshaft, since it's out already. I like greasable Spicer joints, but non-greasable joints are fine if you don't go swimming often. Replace centering ball/cup setup, too.
2. Rebuild rear driveshaft, so you have the same miles on those joints as on the front ones.
3. Replace front axle joints - if you can't remember when you last did them, you need to do them now.
4. Since you have to pull the front bearings to get to the front u-joints anyway, replace those. At 112k, it's time. Use the good Timken bearings, not the chinese ones.
5. Inspect ball joints, too.
6. New front brake pads and rotors are cheap, so if its' coming up on time for those, throw 'em on while everything is apart.
7. Check to make sure trans mount bushing is still good.
8. Make sure pinion bearings/seals look good on front and rear axles.
9. Change front/rear diff juice. You can pick up an extra .5-1mpg with synthetic, if you aren't running it already.
If you do this yourself, you won't be into it for a ton of coin. Buy good parts, though - Spicer, Moog, etc., and not the store brand chinese crap - because if you do this stuff right with the right parts then you'll be good for another 100k trouble-free miles. If you pay someone else to do the work, well, the labor on this lot of work would add up.
These are repairs/maintenance points which tend to recommend being done together at the same time, since so much of the labor overlaps. And these are repairs which translate directly to increased resale value - being able to say and prove with receipts that "I did all this stuff 35k miles ago" is worth something to an educated buyer. And if selling isn't on the horizon, well, you'll have a more trustworthy vehicle if you do these repairs preventatively, instead of waiting for a failure.