Time for new u-joints

joemomma

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I think I'm due for new u-joints - getting a clunk when taking off most of the time. Are there two u-joints on our cars (one on each end of the driveshaft)? How difficult is the replacement?
 

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Yes, one at the trans, one at the diff. If you have the stock steel driveshaft, it’s not hard to swap them. You just have to rent a ball joint press (heavy duty c-clamp style tool) and press them out. If the driveshaft is aluminum, I highly recommend taking it to a driveline shop and getting them done. It’s really easy to bend the ears on an aluminum shaft.
 

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Make sure it's not an engine mount, or control arm bushing or something. Get under the car and check the u joints. You'll know if something is bad. You definitely don't want to lose a u joint going down the highway.
 
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Thanks lads, will investigate and report findings.
 

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If you get real lucky like I did, you will have a crack in your differential. :eek:
 
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Hope not...I've got a laundry list of things that need to be done to the car, and repairing/replacing the diff isn't one of them.
 

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Hope not...I've got a laundry list of things that need to be done to the car, and repairing/replacing the diff isn't one of them.
Mine exploded all over the Cobra behind me on the way to a car show :(. My buddy was not amused.
Definitely was not expected.
 

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