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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 99firehawk, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. 99firehawk

    99firehawk 1/2 ton status

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    Been running in 4wd with the snow lately and am sick of hearing my fount axle joints screaming. So tomorrow morning Im going to replace them. First question
    should I
    A drive the truck 22 miles to work and put it on the hoist and do them
    or
    B pull it in the garage fire up the torpedo and have at it

    (both are set up fairly euqually except for one has heat one has a torpedo and work has a hoist)

    Next question, since im in there should I just do the ball joints too they are tight now but since im there......
    what does every body think
     
  2. doctor4x4

    doctor4x4 1/2 ton status

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    my $.02 worth
    warm and tosty stay at home avoid insane holiday traffic wins for me every time :-)
    and ball joints
    " if it aint brok dont fix it "
    R
     
  3. bablazer73

    bablazer73 1/2 ton status

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    I wouldn't worry about the ball joints, unless they are loose. The only thing i would do Is (if the joints have been replaced) is grease them up well. The upper ball joints sometimes have a plug in the grease port and you can't grease them when axel shafts are in. You can remove plug and install a zerk fitting and grease them up. I would also grease the torington bearing on the inside of the spindle(often forgotten) and clean\repack wheel bearings.
     
  4. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    This is a dammed if you do damned if you don't.
    Chances are the ball joints are loose if you been running it long enough to blow out the u-joints.

    Now to really make your day. There is a pretty good chance your going to end up with a leak at the axle shaft seals after this if they are as old as I bet they are. Changing them is a real pain in the butt and involves removing the front diff.
     

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