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    Default Replacing U-joints. Good grief!



    So I've got a little Chevrolet S-10, 2000 model, very low miles that I don't drive much at all but it's handy when I need to haul stuff that won't fit in my Grand Cherokee.

    Yesterday....squeak, squeak, squeak. Rats!. I know that sound so off I go to get ujoints, squeaking all the way into town since I was closer to there than to home and at times it was screaming like a banshee. I just knew I was going to drop the driveshaft any minute but I got lucky and made it. Picked up new ones and headed home to prepare to change them out. No worries as I've done it before on other vehicles and have the tools and press to do so. I've done enough of them in my time and I could be done in 30-45 minutes once I get the driveshaft unbolted. What do I find? No C-clips on the existing ones. Darn bearing caps are epoxied in the yoke which I've learned are a bear to change since you have to carefully heat the yoke to soften the epoxy and try to work fast enough to get them pushed out. Fooey on that business so I limped it to a repair shop today and had them do it.

    In and out in less than an hour and only cost me 50 bucks. Gotta love small town repair shops.

    No swearing, no throwing tools, and no skinned knuckles on my part. Best 50 bucks I've spent in a long time.
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    Default Re: Replacing U-joints. Good grief!

    Yeah, but did you get to drink beer?

    I hate that noise. I let one go a little too long on my Silverado once.

    I could tell I'd let it go too long when the drive shaft hit the asphalt one morning on the way to work.

    Saddest part was the closet parking lot I could push the truck to was one of our competitors. I had to go inside and ask the staff if I could leave it out there for a while. I forgot to take my name tag off.

    Really good of the nice police officer to block the traffic on the busy street (he stayed in his car while doing this) so I could single handedly push that extended cab pickup off the street by myself.

    That was the last time I let a u-joint go too long.
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    Default Re: Replacing U-joints. Good grief!

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post

    Really good of the nice police officer to block the traffic on the busy street (he stayed in his car while doing this) so I could single handedly push that extended cab pickup off the street by myself.

    That was the last time I let a u-joint go too long.
    That's "rolling" weight, not curb weight. Only takes one person to push.
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    Default Re: Replacing U-joints. Good grief!

    Wise man. I have wrestled with all four on my Suburban by now. Cooking the nylon/epoxy out is not fun (what was GM thinking?). Now that all four are done, next time, they will be simple changes.

    I did what you did when those upper ball joints first went bad. GM riveted them in (instead of simple bolts), and I do not enjoy grinding and hammering to remove rivets, so I paid someone to change the ball joints the first time. Now that they are simply bolted in, those are easy to change when they go bad.
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