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To all you kiddies with greaseable joints....

Don't forget to pump a gob of grease in 'em every once in a while!!

Dont be like me and put in a new spicer rear u-joint in the truck, never pump grease in it for 30k, then you hear the hollow high pitched squeek of a bad joint less than a year later. lol. I was scared to death it was the Aussie Locker.....nope...was just a U-joint.

This is sweeeet....

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yeah i would saw that u joint is toast. i just had the pleasure of replacing mine last week.
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Every oil change grease...

even with proper greasing you will find like one in ever 5 i have ever had one corner doesnt get grease and fails... also the Lower one likes to fail more often because its in the slop more often...
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I've always kept up with ball joints....just not ujoints.....i kinda like changin' em. lol.
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Shane, if you like changing them come work for my family. We do like 5-10 u-joints a day usualy, some can be a Pain In The ***.
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what kind of squeeks cause bad u-joints.
I made a post on here, when accelrating and hitting 40 mph, i get a loud humming/moaning/rumbling noise from underneath truck and vibration, and if i let off the gas pedal, it sounds worse. and in neutral coating 40 to stops, it is loud and scary til 30 mph.
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loud humming/rumbling/moaning would be wheel bearings are my guess.


A bad ujoint is what causes a squeek. Usually lower speeds, high pitched hollow sounding squeek that changes speed as your speed changes and only under load(acceleration).
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loud humming/rumbling/moaning would be wheel bearings are my guess.


A bad ujoint is what causes a squeek. Usually lower speeds, high pitched hollow sounding squeek that changes speed as your speed changes and only under load(acceleration).
we checked front wheel bearings last week and they semed ok.
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yay non greasable ujoints.. haha

you put 30k on your truck in a year?
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ouch! lol thanks for the heads up! thats a lot of driving in one year
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Wow!
There's no telling what my OEM u-joints look like? 10years and 152,000 miles and not a sound out of them yet. lol... I'll probably lose the whole dang shaft tomorrow!

Cool pics.
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non greasables are the way to go! lol
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Lol Thanks for the reminder to pump all my balljoints full! Haven't done that in 10k
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Hmmmmmm..... i'll have to go check to see which kind i have.
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How do you know if the u-joint itself is whining, I have a whining noise at low speeds.
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I'm over 30k on my rear ujoints. . maybe i should replace them haha
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LOL im at 102k on mine think i should replace them
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I've got 102k on the rear shaft front joint. I'm on rear shaft rear joint #2 right now. I dont know why they go but whatever.



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How do you know if the u-joint itself is whining, I have a whining noise at low speeds.
My experience....letting out the clutch from a stop, you hear a high pitched hollow sounded squeel....it's not a squeel, it's a chirp. it'll also do it up to 3rd gear traveling down the road.....and only when the engine is putting down power or is under load.
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You guys are wimps, mine have 190k.

Hm, My whining noise doesn't sound like you described.
It just whines when your rolling down the street with or without the clutch, above 30 its gone. It WAS really noisy there for a while, now its quiet down quite a bit, I'm not sure if thats good or not though.
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Wow!
There's no telling what my OEM u-joints look like? 10years and 152,000 miles and not a sound out of them yet. lol... I'll probably lose the whole dang shaft tomorrow!

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hey dont joke around about that! it happened to me.... had to get a whole new shaft, it sucks.
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Hey and i think we got so much because we dont have a supension lift. That changes the pinion angle which might do some damage.
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my stocker took a dump and i was stock....stock in the suspension dept. lol.
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my stocker took a dump and i was stock....stock in the suspension dept. lol.

from what i heard your still pretty stock in the "suspension dept."!
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Hey and i think we got so much because we dont have a supension lift. That changes the pinion angle which might do some damage.
i went threw about 5 sets on my XLT and it wasn't lifted... so ya don't think so most people get "so much" out of them because there not smart enough to recognize the symptoms of it. they think its like unbalanced tires most the time...
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I have a new u-joint sitting on my tool box. I am afraid of the carnage I will find. I have the nastiest clunk I have heard when I put it in gear. LOL Maybe this weekend.
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