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Ok so when I went to pick up my jeep after it got lifted the machanic said my passenger front ujoint is going bad and my tie rod is bent and wanted to charge me $250 to fix the ujoint !!! What does that mean how does that happen? What does this entail and can I do it by myself? I looked to see how much that ujoint part is and it's $20 so I think that is affordable!! I'm a lil confused about the rod!!?? There is a kit but its $250 y would I need a kit if I only need the rod!!?
 

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Look into doing a zj tie rod upgrade. It's cheap and easy to do yourself. You'll want to align it afterwards. Ujoints are not hard to replace either
 

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What size tires do you run? Bigger tires put more pressure on the tie rod and the stock one is very weak
 

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250 to change a u-joint? Thats a bit steep. I am pretty sure you can find a thread on here of how to do it. If not, just ask. Also, it is a good idea to do both sides at the same time.

Ok so when I went to pick up my jeep after it got lifted the machanic said my passenger front ujoint is going bad and my tie rod is bent and wanted to charge me $250 to fix the ujoint !!! What does that mean how does that happen? What does this entail and can I do it by myself? I looked to see how much that ujoint part is and it's $20 so I think that is affordable!! I'm a lil confused about the rod!!?? There is a kit but its $250 y would I need a kit if I only need the rod!!?
 

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250 to change a u-joint? Thats a bit steep. I am pretty sure you can find a thread on here of how to do it. If not, just ask. Also, it is a good idea to do both sides at the same time.
The u-joint swap price is a tiny bit high.

Wheels up and removed, brake caliper off, rotor off, nut off of axle shaft, remove unitbearing, pull axle, knock out old joint, install new joint, reassemble everything can be from an hour to several depending on what fights you along the way and you've got 25 bucks for a joint and miscellaneous to deal with. I figure if all goes well, it's a 100-150 dollar job.
 

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Ok so my dads supposed to help me and we did a jeep work day with our club and one of the members told me is should be getting new dust covers and new seals and need to then put new axel fluid in soooo my dad was frustrated and said that seems like a lot of work and asked if the guy would do it so I called him today and he quoted me $402!! For it all minus the 2 new ujoints bc I already got them! What do you all think I can't afford this !! What parts do I actually need (I need names of the dust cover? And what seal?) please help!!
 

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I only replaced my u joints when I did this job on mine. Dust covers, seals, or diff fluid were not needed (for me). I just followed the web site I posted earlier and it worked for me. I have only done this once. $402 is pricey in my opinion.
 

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Since its a 2000 they said I should replace them while I'm doing the ujoints. What is a dust cover and what seal r they talking about !? Help!!??
 

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The dust cover he refers to is probably the axle shaft outer cover. It is on the axle shaft just inboard of the ujoint yoke. It's plastic and shouldn't cost much. I believe it slips on the splined (inside) end of the shaft and can be easily replaced during ujoint replacement. It is supposed keep mud and debris out of the axle tube.
The seals are probably the axle seals which are replaced from inside the differential. Did he say they are leaking?. If not I wouldn't change them yet if budget is tight. Be careful though, the seals can be damaged by incorrectly installing the axle shaft.
 

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So I did one ujoint and when I took the axel out it has sand all over it and all in the shaft pipe thing lmao sry don't know the technical lingo!! That's bad right? Going to change my diff fluid to see if there is sand in it too im guessing I need new axel seals? What do u think
 

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There will always be sand nan stuff in there. The seas are inside the housing,keeping all that sht out. U r fine.
 

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That's how well those outer covers work. If you haven't reinstalled the axle shaft yet try to keep the shaft from dragging on the axle tube (that's the pipe thingy). That way sand doesn't get on the shaft end and into the differential.
 
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