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Old 12-22-2011
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Fixing slip yoke shudder right...remove drivehsaft..

A mechanic neighbor of mine gave me a small tub of the good actual Ford teflon grease for the slip yoke on Rangers/Explorers/Trucks to fix the "shudder" on takeoff. I've slid the boot back a few times and pumped some regular chassis grease in there but it comes back soon after. I want to clean out all the regular grease and put in the good stuff.

Do I just need to unbolt the driveshaft from the rear axle and slide it back to access the yoke? It is a 2003 4x4 super cab with the one piece aluminum shaft and it is bolted on both ends via a U-Joint to the transfer case and rear axle. Looks pretty simple but I figured I should ask first.

Also, I've been using a big heavy duty cable tie to re-secure the end of the boot when I've been moving it before to apply the regular grease. I broke the original boot clamp that holds it on. Seems to be holding just fine...anybody had any issues doing it this way? I grab the ends with some pliers and get it as tight as I can when I put on a new one.

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