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Squeaky U-Joints?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Confedneck, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Confedneck

    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    ok so i noticed a squeaking sound in my truck today at low speeds..it does it more under engine-braking conditions like if i let off the gas at 2500 in 1st gear (sm465), it gets louder, the u-joints dont have any slop, but they also dont have zerk fittings so i cant grease them..i think its either the u-joints or the pinion..oh and if its the u-joints...are they easy to replace? ive never done u-joints with inboard clips before..tia
     
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    Prob the u-joints. Get a Harbor Freight ball joint press(the one in the grey case) for less than $30, its easier than the hammer & socket method.
     
  3. Confedneck

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    hmm ill just use the press or bench vice at work..ive done u-joints just never with internal clips..
     
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    Mine were doing the same thing. No slop but took them out. Completely dry and the needle bearings were dust. Just as easy to do as external rings. maybe even easier.
     
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    thanks guys...this will be a saturday project, any preference on brands?
     
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    Just buy good one's, not the cheapie's.

    There is an old saying, "The bitterness of poor quality, remain's long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

    In other word's, you get what you pay for. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    i bought a set once and they got soaked in water and rusty...i have them for spares...ill go to napa or the chevy dealer and get some..wholesale kicks ass!
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    i bought a set once and they got soaked in water and rusty...i have them for spares...ill go to napa or the chevy dealer and get some..wholesale kicks ass!

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    Yes it doe's!
     
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    i havr the same type of thing goin on ill be cruisin and ill hear this squeak squeak squeak sound in low speed..i should get under there and grease all the joints though since i havnt done them in a while and i just went mudding a few weeks ago.
     
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    yeah..always re-grease after wheeling..too bad mine dont have zerks..
     
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    Re: Squeaky U-Joints? UPDATE!

    ok so i replaced the u-joints today at work..and found that the ones in the truck were the originals..now how the heck did this truck go 140,000 some odd miles with one set of u-joints, and i start driving it for a week solid and they crap out? think im a little hard on things?.. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif..either way, its kinda weird how they're held in from the factory with the teflon or whatever, and they have to be torched out..glad i didnt try this in the driveway...thanks to all you guys for the advice and ideas.. /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    Re: Squeaky U-Joints? UPDATE!

    My original u-joints lasted about that long too. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Replaced them because I was getting a little bit of vibration and found only a couple of the needle bearings were turning to dust. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    Re: Squeaky U-Joints? UPDATE!

    btw, kudos to chevrolet for putting good parts into their trucks..
     
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    DO NOT BUY NAPA U-JOINTS! They are the worst I have ever used. I have worn out plenty of Ujoints but the only ones I have ever broken were NAPA...I also wore out NAPA joints in WAY less time than even cheap AutoZone PDQ joints.
     
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    Oh yes.,.. PDQ...

    They last a few good months, but they seem to develop slop, even if they arent dried out.

    PDQ=Pray.... Dont Question...

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    DO NOT BUY NAPA U-JOINTS! They are the worst I have ever used. I have worn out plenty of Ujoints but the only ones I have ever broken were NAPA...I also wore out NAPA joints in WAY less time than even cheap AutoZone PDQ joints.

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    well the napa joints are in..what would you reccomend for ujoints? maybe ill buy a set as spares..
     
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    i have never had a problem with the brute force ujoints.that is what ive replace mine with as they go bad.
     
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    well i ragged the hell out of them napa joints today..nothin yet..
     

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